Revenge in a little paper box San Francisco surf’s up
s Offbeat uncovers new Web s Backpage explores the
sites that send everything from watery, splashy ups and
September 22, 2000
dog poop to dead roses to the downs of hanging 10 in
doorstep of anyone who the brutal swells off
provokes your ire Ocean Beach
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SFUSD computer failures trouble school
By Lauren D. Yee
Student Information System. Others
PANISH 4H. stem from the four-year-old PeopleSoft
When junior Max Norton opened system which controls teacher payroll
up his report card for the final and other administrative functions.
Volume 194, No. 1
grading period last spring, he saw those The Student Information System
words followed by a blank space. No was afflicted by several glitches, accord-
grade. The school district’s new, prob- ing to Bruce Manson, who works at the Counselor
lem-ridden Student Information Sys- District Information Office. Harlan Edelman
tem had another victim. “As the year progressed, different toils over
This technical problem is one of bugs have been worked out of the sys- students’
many which have plagued the district schedules in the
in the past year. Some come from the See FAILURE on Page 4 Meyer Library.
Spirited elections District 7
Supe hopefuls speak
about school and
By Sarah Pearce
retend you could create your ideal
representative to sit on the Board
Would he be a Republican florist who
wants to increase the gas tax and teacher
Lowell High School
What about a chiropractor who be-
lieves the best qualification to serve is be-
ing born in San Francisco?
Or would your ideal representative be
a former air force
veteran? District 7
If one of these
s Bounded by:
choices appeals to
you, you are in luck
because these are
some of the people
Sloat Blvd., Twin
running to repre-
sent Disrict Seven,
where Lowell is lo-
62 percent white
Inside Florist’s funds
18 percent Asian
8 percent black
NEWS pages 1-5 Candidate
5 percent Latino
s School attains full WASC floated several
accreditation after recent review
ideas about improving the San Francisco
s Students encouraged to log in
three mods of resource time daily
Unified School District, although the -
Board of Supervisors does not have di-
to preserve the 21-mod system rect jurisdiction over the SFUSD.
s Students face JAMES LEE Hoogasian, an advocate of school
new mandate Close your eyes, take a deep breath and vote. Freshmen Stephen Wong, right, and vouchers who sent his children to paro-
banning cards, Christina Kwan vote anonymously for officers at the freshman Spirit Committee meeting on chial schools in the city, said he supports
board games on Sept. 1. The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior class’s toils – painting posters, streamlining many of the administrative
campus rehearsing skits and creating costumes — culminated in the Spirit Rally today.
See SEVEN on Page 5
SPORTS pages 9-13
s Varsity volleyball gets new
coach from Cornerstone Vandals burglarize language lab over the summer
s Kameela Din: Insurance By Katie Savchuk Meanwhile, the school awaits notice of
Giants evolve from questions Language lab losses
HE LANGUAGE LAB is up and how much insurance money the district
unkowns to celebrities running, despite a June 22 bur- will allocate to the language lab. “We are
s Crushing 48-8 loss s The school is glary that cost the school an esti- in the process of gathering receipts for the
against Alaskan still awaiting mated $14,374 in losses and damages. lost items,” assistant principal John
Bartlett Bears doesn’t reimbursement Thieves made off with eight Pentium Mahoney said. “After that, Ron Giteck,
phase varsity Cardinals from the upgrade kits, four PCs, one iMac, six CD- the district loss control officer, will review
as their season continues district for the ROM drives and two VCRS, among other the paperwork and give us a figure.”
stolen objects goods. The vandals dropped and dam- Though Mahoney hopes to be reim-
OPINION pages 14-15 s The aged another iMac and an exterior floppy bursed for replacement costs, foreign lan-
s A warm welcome is in order for insurance drive. Fortunately, no files or programs guage department head Dorothy Ong
new superintendent Ackerman company were lost. does not expect compensation for the
may not Language lab instructor Rodney Cul- iMac and PC that her department had
POLITICS page 7 compensate ver envisions a bright future for the lab, stored in the language lab at the time of
the world despite the loss of upgraded computers the break-in.
s Politics explores
language that he outfitted over several years. “Even though the stolen computers
political satire of department “The lab is going to replace the stolen were stored in the lab for the summer, they
Capital Steps and for damaged machines with even better technology,” were kept in the foreign language office
other artists. material stored Culver said. “You can sulk and feel bad, during the year,” Ong said. “Because the
POLITICS in the lab or you can turn adversity into an advan-
COLUMNS pages 6 tage. We are going to recuperate.” See LAB on Page 5 JAMES LEE
2 NEWS September 22, 2000 The Lowell
Newsbriefs Is it my turn yet? From the editors:
Supply lockers now in halls Notes on new
Medical supplies are now more easily accessible be-
cause the school has 18 new emergency supply lockers.
Grouped together in sets of two, the yellow lock-
look of paper
ers are situated in each hall of the main building. One
HE LOWELL is different this year. Edi-
of the two lockers contains medical supplies, and the
tors worked during the summer to
other contains work gloves, hard hats, masks and
give the paper a more modern look.
other disaster supplies, according to assistant princi-
Changes to the front page are subtle.
pal John Mahoney.
The flag with the newspaper’s name still
The district will train teachers to use the disaster
runs vertically up the page, a technique The
equipment. Because enough teachers are trained in
Lowell pioneered. However, updated fonts
first aid, the district does not need to train teachers
give the flag a more dynamic look. The in-
to use first aid equipment, Mahoney said.
dex is now below the flag, to open up more
“We can train people to use the disaster stuff, but
room for news.
... we try to find people with first aid certificates,”
In The News Today is now on the inside
of the newspaper, adjacent to the almanac,
All lockers should be fully stocked by the end of
ADAM PERETZ a smaller version of the calendar. We also
Sighhh...Freshmen wait in line to get their resource cards added a new feature called Testing, Test-
— Derek Steer
stamped. They are required to complete three mods per day. ing, One Two Three to remind students of
Clocks still malfunctioning important test deadlines and dates.
Folios — the bars at the top of the pag-
After 20 years of malfunction, clocks in the main
building continue to be a problem, despite countless
administrative requests to the San Francisco Unified
Non-freshmen es that designate the section, page num-
ber and date — and pullquotes — the box-
es that highlight quotes within a story —
School District for repair.
Of the 70 clocks in the building, 31 work, 11 work
sporadically, and 28 do not work at all. All clocks in
encouraged to use now feature an incomplete box motif to let
space flow. The icons on the columns page
are less cumbersome than the old frames
the building are connected to the master clock sys-
tem in the main office which is in need of replace-
ment, according to assistant principal John Mahoney.
resource centers around the columnists’ faces.
The editorial page will usually feature
two editorials, which are unsigned pieces
By Karrie Tam to resource centers because I would that represent the opinions of the entire
In April, two district electricians fixed clocks in the
counseling office and mail room. Two weeks ago, two N ADDITION to having fresh rather chill with my friends.” staff of The Lowell along with an editorial
electricians came to fix the clock system for Registry men attend resource centers, However, resource time is man- cartoon which, like signed opinion pieces,
bells in rooms 101 and 103. Aside from the two re- administrators highly en- datory for freshmen during the first represents the views of the artists or writ-
pairs, other clocks still malfunction. courage sophomores, seniors, and six weeks of school. ers.
Mahoney made calls to supervisors in various de- juniors to take advantage of the ser- According to Cheng, the need for We continue to encourage readers to
partments, namely the SFUSD Buildings and Grounds. vices offered. instructional minutes prompted the submit feedback about stories to Letters to
Although Mahoney communicated the problem tire- “Resource centers are essential to expansion of resource centers. the Editor and about general issues to Ram-
lessly and submitted solutions to district officials, they maintaining Lowell’s unique modu- “To have the required instruc- pant Opinion.
have not attended to it. lar schedule,” principal Paul Cheng tional minutes, there must be super- Stylistic changes include the use of pa-
— Jessica Chia said. vision by certified staff,” Cheng said. rentheses instead of brackets to denote
Failure to offer the state-required “Therefore, we extended the re- clarifying material added to quotes to fa-
Foundation to add to $10,000 360 instructional minutes achieved source centers to include various cilitate uploading stories to The Lowell on
through the use of resource time other locations.” the Web.
Sports Foundation organizers are planning
may endanger Lowell’s modular Resource center locations have The Lowell continues its ethics policy.
fundraisers to add to the $10,000 they have raised
schedule, according to Cheng. now been enlarged to include de- Reporters do not write stories in which they
for the school’s teams in the past few months.
As a result of this year’s audit by partment offices, the CSF center, the or their friends have participated in a ca-
Lowell Sports Foundation president Dave
the Student Attendance Office, the library, language lab, journalism, fo- pacity other than as a reporter. Staff mem-
Hagerman and athletics director John Donahue plan
district would like to see more docu- rensics, yearbook, art, and the band/ bers are quoted when they are the only
to host a golf tournament, solicit charitable donations
mentation that students actually go orchestra/choir/drama rooms where appropriate source.
and host a banquet honoring alumni.
to resource centers. certified staff are present. Stories feature a diversity of quoted
The banquet, planned for April or May of next year,
According to Mei Lam, supervi- Despite the expansion, resource sources. The Lowell is not a sounding board
projects profits of tens of thousands of dollars if suc-
sor of the district Student Atten- centers are still overcrowded with for the “in crowd.” Reporters cover all
cessful, according to Hagerman. These profits may
dance Office, the district will do an students. points of view surrounding an issue. Com-
arise from $75-100 banquet tickets and a silent auc-
internal audit in October to ensure “Sophomores, juniors, and se- mentary, will be marked as such. The deci-
tion at the event.
that students are attending resource niors attend resource centers also,” sion to publish an article is based solely on
Currently, the $10,000 that the foundation raised
centers. math and science paraprofessional its value to readers.
through the sale of merchandise such as T-shirts and
Junior Diana Tirado said she be- Vladimar Talian said. “As a result, the — Charlie Beckerman, Kate Lazarus, Sa-
baseball caps to Lowell alumni remains unspent. The
lieves attending resources centers is centers are more crowded than pre- rah Pearce, Sarah Tyler: editors-in-chief
money will be used mainly to seed bigger upcoming
a waster of her time. “I wouldn’t go vious years.”
fundraisers for Lowell athletics, according to
Hagerman and Donahue. However, $2,000, which will News Column:
be divided among sports teams, will be spent before
the school year is over.
— Jessica Chia John Mahoney vs. The Noise
By Charlie Beckerman
Federal grant promotes safety
dio transmissions, and the radio waves day. Why not have stupid time that is so-
SSISTANT PRINCIPAL consequently caused people’s inner ears cially engaging and takes the mind off
John Mahoney is a saint to blow up. Was the stairwell noise was all school work? A 24/7 work ethic will not
Students reap the benefit of the Safe School/ among men. part of some intricate plot to eliminate prepare Lowellites to enter the real world.
Healthy Student Intiative federal grant that funds an He has performed two miracles, and scientists from the future by killing them Relaxation is at least as important as any
on-site police officer, nurse and peer resource officer. only needs one more to be canonized. Last as young students when they were in high class to maintain functional sanity. It’s the
The police officer, Alexandra Medina, is available week, in a joint effort with principal Paul school? mental equivalent of breathing, and we
Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cheng, he not only managed to get The noise was actually wouldn’t want to suffocate our students.
Room 129. According to Medina, her goals are to the lights in Room 70 replaced, coming from an old secu- Would we?
make the school and its surroundings safer for stu- but also got rid of … the noise. rity alarm. If you walk
dents and staff members. The noise lived in the stair- into either stairwell on With heads bared we stand, doing
The nurse, Susan Kitchell works on Mondays and well. It did not appear to X the first floor, two bul- homework for thee
Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. also in room BO
emanate from any source in bous looking objects are The “work, work, work” motto that the
129. She aids students with minor physical health particular, and tortured me attached to the ceiling, administration touts as central to the
problems. In accordance with the grant, she also helps daily in a 1984-esque fashion. which apparently think they Lowell community drives away vast num-
students experiencing mental and emotional prob- Had it not stopped my head are guarding the school bers of interesting, highly intelligent
would have exploded. from thieves. But now, they lie silent, and eighth graders every year. Our workaholic
Sarah Brant, the new peer resource officer, who Although difficult to hear during pass- not a moment too soon. school is more work intensive than oth-
works daily during and after school in T-14 is the third ing periods when the stairwell near the Thank you, John Mahoney. ers. So why aren’t we advertising the fun
new on-site staff member. bookroom was crowded with students, the parts of Lowell? Attracting students who
— Jessica Chia and Justina Louie noise was always there. A high pitched, This is school: No fun allowed can only do school work doesn’t make for
screeching squeal hung in the stairwell. It The ingenious move by the adminis- a well-rounded student body.
Paraprofessional begins work was not at all pleasant. tration to ban cards and games has worked Teachers giving monumental amounts
A new resource paraprofessional will be helping Worse, some members of the student wonders in increasing the notion that of homework beware: You’re driving away
students in the library. body couldn’t hear it, and repeatedly sug- Lowell is a penitentiary. We all know card an interesting, diverse population of in-
Jay Johnson, who began work last Thursday in the gested both implicitly and blatantly that I game cartels cause continuous violence telligent students who can be productive
library’s drop-in computer lab, is replacing Vernice was losing my mind. I’m not going crazy! and destruction of property, and that if members of Lowell. The education ordeal
Ross, who is now the Digital High School coordina- Okay, so I was reduced to plugging my ears such irresponsible activity isn’t suppressed, should educate students, not kill them.
tor. Prior to his current job, Johnson taught fifth grade and zooming up and down the stairs, gri- we could have a full-blown student coup. I have nothing against Lowell educat-
at Cleveland Elementary School for one year. macing in a disturbing fashion. At least What’s more, students are squandering 15 ing the cream of San Francsico’s student
— Kristen Lee you know now: neither I nor my fellow whole minutes of valuable free-time with crop, but those who get the high numbers
high-pitched hearing folk were consti- social activity when they could be sitting aren’t necessarily the best, and right now,
For complete versions of news stories, pated. alone in the library studying. that is Lowell’s only target audience.
visit The Lowell on the Web at www.thelowell.org The X-Files had an episode where the I personally believe that all teenagers Please, don’t sacrifice interesting unique
government was using high frequency ra- need at least an hour of stupid time each potential students by scaring them away.
Lowell High School September 22, 2000 NEWS 3
Teachers receive salary increase
Lauren D. Yee
Former dean fills new shoes
HEN TEACHERS pick up “It’s a good raise, but teachers make Board of Teaching Standards. According
their paychecks on Oct. 1, more money than (the new salaries) in a to Wynns, only one teacher in the district Two new administrators greet students this year.
they may be greeted with a lot of places,” Kelly said. “For the prepa- has the National Board of Professional Olivia Brown is now the assistant principal of cur-
substantial pay raise. Although many ration that teachers put into (their jobs), Teaching Standards certification. riculum and Janet Tse has replaced Brown as dean.
teachers are pleased with the additional a fair salary has to be higher.” While the raise also increased teacher’s “I’m thankful she [Brown] was so
pay, most feel that the San Francisco Uni- Board of Education member Jill pay for extended hours, Kelly explained willing to take on a very challenging
fied School District still has a long way to Wynns added: “It’s important that sala- that only teachers who put in hours for situation on such short notice,” prin-
go before teacher salaries are adequate. ries are competitive. We need to retain the long-term projects, such as forensics or cipal Paul Cheng said.
“I feel better that we’re beginning to best teachers possible.” school plays, would be paid for the ex- Joy-Constance Stratton, the former
address the problem, but we can’t stop According to Dale Martin of the Cali- tended hours. assistant principal, moved to Chicago.
here,” social studies teacher Richard fornia Teachers Association’s Communi- Martin said he believes that the teach- After requesting an indefinite leave
Girling said. “This needs to be a first step.” cations Department, the state was able to ers’ protest last May in Sacramento was a of absence in late July, Joy-Constance
According to Dennis Kelly, English allocate tax money to each school district significant step toward better pay. Stratton, the former assistant principal,
teacher and secretary of United Educators for the purpose of negotiating pay raises The protest “has had a major impact moved to Chicago, according to prin-
of San Francisco, the pay raise has in- on a district-by-district level because of on teachers,” Martin said. “It really em- cipal Paul Cheng. Stratton had been principal
creased salaries in San Francisco from California’s recent economic boom. powered them for the first time in a long commuting from San Francisco to Chicago, where
$31,172 to $38,500 for beginning teach- Wynns said that teachers can also add period.” her husband has worked since last December.
Brown, a former Lowell parent and dean, has an
ers with credentials and from $56,248 to an additional $5,000 to their salaries ap- UESF executive board member and
administrative credential and was a summer school
$64,326 for teachers on the top salary tier. plying for certification at the National social studies teacher Monty Worth cites
administrator for four years.
student support as another key factor for
“Every day is new and exciting,” Brown said. “I’m
The raise comes too late for ... happy to be working in curriculum.”
“I was very happy to have student sup-
— Ashley Yueh
port,” Worth said. The student speeches
at the protest were “very moving, but this
is a beginning. More can happen.” WASC awards accreditation
However, UESF president Kent After a year and a half of meetings, the Western
Mitchell said that the pay raise still has to Association of Schools and Colleges awarded the
be finalized by the Board of Education. school a six-year accreditation, the longest accredi-
“It isn’t a done deal yet,” Mitchell said. tation possible.
Wynns added that the pay raise will According to principal Paul Cheng, this maximum-
force the SFUSD to make cuts in other term WASC accreditation validates the improvement
district departments, such as child devel- of a school community.
opment and nutrition. The $1.7 million “It’s equivalent to lawyers who pass the bar,”
budget for maintainance of roofs and Cheng said.
painting will be cut from the budget en- Students applying to colleges from high schools
tirely, according to Wynns. which have been awarded long WASC accreditations
“We had to make some tough choices,” have a higher chance of being accepted than stu-
Wynns said. “People who want their dents who go to schools with shorter WASC accredi-
schools to be painted might have to wait tations, Cheng said.
longer for one or two years.” — Derek Steer
According to Martin, the CTA will
continue to work for more pay raises. School gets tech upgrade
Worth added that UESF hopes to raise the The school is receiving a $762,000 Digital High
teacher salary to a level comparative to School grant from the California Department of Edu-
those in the business world. However, in cation to upgrade the school’s technology.
order to raise salaries even more, Wynns DHS coordinator Vernice Ross will use the money
said that the district must receive more to order computing, and audio visual equipment. The
funding from the state. grant will also allow the school to upgrade the com-
Worth said that along with better pay, puter labs, and allow the school to put at least one
the district is working toward a greater computer in every classroom, according to DHS steer-
number of qualified teachers. This year ing committee member and physics teacher Richard
the district has revised its Peer Assessment Shapiro.
and Review program, which works to In addition, school DHS chief technician John
weed out underqualified teachers and Humphrey plans to fix the network so traffic will im-
help to improve their curriculum. prove. “The technical help part is on board. Mr. John
“We’re working out ways to get rid of Humphrey has attended the first meeting of the
COMPUTER GRAPHICS BY MATTHEW MEWHINNEY
bad teachers,” Worth said. “You give bet- Lowell Technical Committee,” assistant principal John
REPORTING BY RENEE CHOW
ter pay, you should get better teachers.” Mahoney said.
Ross is researching the school’s current technol-
Murals painted over in greenroom ogy, so the administration can revise DHS plans this
semester. “As I look around the school community, I
see all the wonderful opportunities that exist to inte-
By Katie Savchuk spond to letters asking for their status on stage crew, grate technology and the curriculum together to cre-
ENOVATION of Room 69 — formerly the school’s technical director Gabriel Hannaford said. ate greater learning environments for students,” Ross
greenroom — is now complete. Winter said: “Since there is no stage crew, there would said.
Under department head Michele Winter, visual and be no one to look at the murals now. They haven’t added — by Sang Ma -
performing arts faculty members emptied and cleaned to them in the last few years, so the murals must not have
the classroom, removed lockers and sofas, painted the been that significant.”
walls peach and the woodwork lavender, and stripped Members of the former stage crew say they resent the PTSA gets new president
and waxed the floors. The room currently holds a bench, action. “The act was incredibly selfish, insensitive, and
mirrors and three tables encircled by chairs. completely irrelevant,” Lowell alumna and former crew Mindy Kershner is the new president of the Par-
“We are very pleased,” Winter said. member Morgan Harris said. ent Teacher Student Association, replacing Al Magary,
In addition to functioning as a dressing who resigned during the summer.
Stage crew members complained to
Prior to her election on Wednesday, Kershner was
room, waiting room and rehearsal area for principal Paul Cheng after they discov-
school productions, the room will now The green- ered the obliteration of their predeces-
vice president and an active member of the PTSA.
Although Kershner was just elected and has not
house a theater technology class. room sors’ artwork. Cheng told them that the had the chance to meet with the
The faculty’s decision to paint over the act was irreversible, according to Harris.
is now an PTSA board, she has many plans for
murals adorning the greenroom walls en- Cheng said he advocates teacher dis- the organization.
countered some controversy from former improved cretion on this issue. “I leave the deci- Recently, she spearheaded a
members of the stage crew, who quit last sion (to paint rooms) within the judgment campaign to build up membership.
year en masse to protest the room’s closure. environ- of the teachers,” Cheng said. “The “I think that one of the most im-
Though administrators originally made a greenroom is now an improved environ-
verbal contract to spare the murals, staff
portant things for the PTSA to do
is to have strong membership and
members changed their minds after the Despite complaints, Winter said she as much community involvement as
greenroom was closed on April 14, accord- PAUL CHENG, does not regret going through with the possible,” Kershner said. “We ran
ing to Winter. principal painting. “I understand the sentimental president a freshmen contest, and we are
“The picture changed,” Winter said. value,” Winter said. “But there’s also an pleased that registry 0416 got 25
“We closed the greenroom because the understanding among the entire theater new PTSA members to sign up. By involving the fresh-
stage crew disobeyed our rules.” community that these sorts of decorations cannot be pre- men parents, we can build involvement that will carry
The stage crew members — who used to manage the served forever.” Lowell PTSA into the future.”
technology behind drama productions — contributed to The murals took away from the professionalism of the Al Magary resigned for personal reasons, saying
the ever-expanding greenroom murals for five of the past room, according to Winter. “They were graffiti — dirty that he had concerns with the structure, operations,
eight years. and an ugly color,” Winter said. “They were not murals, and management style of the Grants Committee.
“Even after we graduate, the murals on the walls say they were little designs.” — Justina Louie
we did something,” former crew member, senior Ellen Former crew member senior Rebecca Jonhson-Leiva
Cronin said. “People come back just to see them.” said: “Graffiti is defiant; the murals weren’t. This is the For complete versions of news stories,
Since faculty members closed the greenroom, 13 mem- first time in my life that I haven’t had respect for my teach- visit The Lowell on the Web at www.thelowell.org
bers have graduated, eight resigned and nine did not re- ers.”
4 NEWS September 22, 2000 The Lowell
District computer meltdown affects teachers, students
From FAILURE on Page 1 cation slips and leaving many of last rary bugs in the system, and some Board of Education commissioner Prior to the purchase of the
year’s freshmen without an English equipment problems,” he said. “We are Eddie Chin said he believes that since PeopleSoft system in 1996, all of the
tem, and it now performs a very broad class. According to English teacher in the process of proposing some up- the Information Office staff members district’s business paperwork was done
array of services,” Manson said. Timothy Lamarre, the errors forced grades to the equipment to make were unfamiliar with sophisticated on an older accounting system, which
The Student Information System, English department members to spend everyone’s lives a lot software, it was dif- operated differently from the
which the Information Office operates, extra hours to resolve the problem. easier.” ficult for them to PeopleSoft system, according to the
has created not only report card mis- Sophomore Kira Gaber, who didn’t The Informa- There are no handle the com- Examiner. According to Manson, be-
receive a verification slip, was unable tion Office has had plex PeopleSoft cause the PeopleSoft system was de-
takes, but also inaccurate schedules and
missing transcripts since its installation to confirm her classes until Self-Sched- simliar problems
up-to-date system. signed for businesses and not schools,
earlier this year, according to Manson. uling Day. with its PeopleSoft transcripts “If I had to say “many modifications were needed to
Counselor May Choi was particu- Counselor Joan Catelli added that system, which that there was one make it properly useful to us, which
larly concerned over the lack of avail- spring semester report cards for last handles accounting for me to big problem, it adds a lot to the potential for prob-
able transcripts. year’s seniors were also late. and payroll paper- work with. would be that … lems.”
The Student Information System’s According to Manson, students work. The district, the system may Lisa Sino, the public representative
problems “impact everything,” Choi with incorrect report cards should con- which has opted to have been too for PeopleSoft’s K-12 Educational Soft-
said. “There are no up-to-date tran- tact their teacher or counselor to make spend four months complex,” Chin ware department, cited the informa-
scripts for me to work with, which is corrections. However, he says that over- and $400,000 counselor said. “PeopleSoft tion office’s lack of “a unified vision”
important, especially for the seniors.” all the Student Information System has studying the prob- (the software as another cause for the errors.
Assistant principal Gloria been accurate. lem, currently has no set plan to repair maker) put in the system and once it “In order for the system to work,
Bogdanoff said that beginning last “As this was the first year for this the $2 million system, according to the was installed they said, ‘There you are.’ you have to a good internal plan. You
spring, inaccurate district paperwork new system, there were staff who were August 28 edition of the San Francisco The school’s information office wasn’t need to force people to use the soft-
caused problems, affecting class verifi- not completely trained, some tempo- Examiner. up to par.” ware,” she said.
Senior Boat Dance rescheduled to Nov. 9
Cards, board games By Jessica Chia According to Cheng, this change does not present any
banned on campus T
HE SENIOR BOAT DANCE no longer falls on Yom
Kippur, a major Jewish holiday.
Senior class sponsors Katherine Melvin and Monty
major problems to eighth grade night because its original
date was tentative.
Rescheduling the dance did pose some difficulties. Ad-
By Alex Bahn
Worth, the current 2001 senior officers and the admin- mission will increase $2 per person and dance attendance
NEW SCHOOL rule prohibits students from playing card istration rescheduled the dance to Thursday, Nov. 9, might shrink according to senior class president Julia Patsay
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and board games on campus during school hours. the night before the Veteran’s Day holiday after Jew- Despite these hurdles, the senior class board is adjusting
According to dean Ray Cordoba, the ban was imple- ish parents noticed the date conflict. to the change.
mented mainly because last year’s Western Association of Schools To accommodate the dance, principal Paul Cheng, “However, it’s good the dance is Thursday because it
and Colleges’ instructional plan requires students to complete a Student Activities coordinator Steve Schmidt and the gives us more time to plan.” Patsay said.
certain number of academic minutes each day. Because of Lowell’s Parent Teacher Student Association had to move eighth Many seniors say that the date change does not incon-
modular schedule, students have varying break times, instead of grade night to Nov. 8. venience them.
uniform breaks every day. According to dean Janet Tse, this means
students have to use their free time to complete the academic IN THE NEWS TODAY
minutes. Playing cards and board games during free mods does
not qualify as academic time, Tse said. Heavenly
In addition to the WASC plan, the rule was also a product of
numerous gambling, robbery and mugging incidents, according
to Cordoba. “In the past, there have been students who had Magic October homecoming
card sets worth hundreds of dollars stolen,” Cordoba said. “The
other problem is gambling. Kids use ‘I owe Sept. 22 Homecoming dance: @ the courtyard Start the new school
you’s’ and tabs to gamble instead of just ex- 6-10 p.m.
changing money.” Spirit Rally: @ the football field 11:20-1:15
year with all engines
Principal Paul Cheng, the deans and the p.m. roaring at warp speed.
Student Body Council created the ban after Blast off to this year’s
several meetings over the summer. However, Sept. 28 Senior panoramic: @ football field during
reg. homecoming dance to-
students complain that the administration
did not do a good job in publicizing the ban. day at 6 p.m. The Stu-
“We were always able to play cards,” junior Sept. 29 Special Schedule: all classes A code dent Body Council is
Ray Cordoba, Keenahn Jung said. “And then all of a sud-
Oct. 3 Special Schedule: all classes A code sponsoring the outer
school dean den, they (the security staff) started to take
space-themed bash, the
The administration counters that the new rule was publicized
Oct. 4 Alumni Association meeting: @ Meyer grand finale to Lowell’s
Library 6:30-9:30 p.m. Spirit Week 2000. Come
in several student flyers. “Every student received a list of campus
rules in the beginning of the year,” Tse said. “The rule was also in space-age costumes
Oct. 6 End of first grading period
printed in the announcer.”
Tse said she recognizes that the new official student planner
Co-curricular Day: @ courtyard mods 8-16 and dance the night
contains last year’s rule — allowing students to play in the center away with the home-
Oct. 9 Columbus Day
and south courtyards — but she explains that the student planner’s coming court and tux-
information was printed in spring, while the rule was created Yom Kippur
edos-clad escorts. The
during the summer.
Some students say that the ban is not an effective way to get
Testing testing: One, two, three queen and princesses -
people to complete resource time. “Nobody wants to do resource will wave their wands
Oct. 14 SAT testing
time during their free time,” sophomore Michelle Phung said. and commence a count-
“What’s the courtyard for? Why don’t they just turn that into a down to launch a new
Oct. 17 PSAT testing
Oct. 19 academic year.
Lowell High School September 22, 2000 NEWS 5
Insurance New exit exam for 2004 freshmen By Alisa Farenzena
may not I N ORDER TO graduate, current freshmen mandated the statewide exam when it was ap-
must pass an exit examination at some proved in 1999.
point during their four years in high school. According to Lily Roberts, consultant for the
ture allowed every school district to select
the test on their own.”
According to Stack, the SFUSD has used
from LAB on Page 1
“The Class of 2004 will be the
first class that will have to take
it,” assistant principal Gloria
Standards and Assess-
ments Division of the
a proficiency standards test, which consisted
of three sections — language arts, math and
written composition. The new High School
Bogdanoff said. I believe that of Education, the state Exit Examination contains no written com-
insurance money is for the lab, we are According to Jim Stack, head has adopted the exam so position, but has higher mathematics stan-
not guaranteed reimbursement.” of San Francisco Unified School we need to that testing will be con- dards. It includes algebra, whereas the pro-
District Accountability and As- sistent with state ficiency standards test did not.
The language lab has set up tem-
sessment, the freshmen may elect
challenge adopted academic con- Some freshmen see no reason for the
porary replacement computers do-
nated by parents of current students. to take the High School Exit Ex- students. A tent standards because added testing.
Despite the contribution, the lab is amination during this school local proficiency exams “If you pass all your classes in high
year. They can take the language
high school may not be consistent school, why do you need to pass a special
still short five computers, leaving a
handful of students without re- arts portion on Wednesday, diploma will with state standards. test?” freshman Anna Tishkovskaya asked.
sources. March 7, 2001 and the math por- “The new exam is “Once you proved that you’re capable of
The theft “was more of a loss for tion on Tuesday, March 13, 2001. mean more aligned to our curricu- doing well in school, why do you need a
us than for the school,” language lab Starting next year, the test will than it does lum,” O’Connell said, test?”
user, senior Jamie Chung said. “Ma- be mandatory for all sopho- adding that other Others see the standardized exit exam
terials like this are so limited that we mores. If a student passes the now. achievement tests, like as beneficial.
have to appreciate what we have.” exam, he will not need to take the the Stanford 9, are not “Standards for schools can be different,
Junior Kyle Otsuki said: “Why test again. Any student who fails Jack O’Connell, aligned to state frame- and this is standard for all of the kids in
steal from a place that’s only helpful? the test must take it each year State Senator work. one test — this is universal,” freshman
It’s like stealing library books.” until he passes. The SFUSD had an Jacqueline Kramer said.
Authorities are not pointing fin- “I believe that we need to exit examination prior
gers at suspects just yet, though they challenge students,” state senator to this one.
have narrowed the field. “We are led Jack O’Connell (D-18) said. “A high school di- “A few years back, the California legislature For other stories, visit The Lowell on
ploma will mean more than it does now.” decreed that all schools needed to have a mini- the Web at www.thelowell.org
to believe that it was someone who
knew a great deal about the interior O’Connell authored the senate bill which mum proficiency exam,” she said. “The legisla-
of the school,” Mahoney said.
After entering the building, the
perpetrators proceeded to pry into
Supervisorial candidates speak on campus
wooden cabinets in room 270, 272, from SEVEN on Page 1
and 274, though nothing appears
positions in the district. “If we could get rid of into teacher housing. He called for a 35 percent (O’Brien’s criticism) was kind of mean.”
missing, Mahoney said.
135 Van Ness and 555 Franklin (former and increase in teachers’ salaries that would come Chin said he felt O’Brien exaggerated de-
Continuing down the second
current SFUSD administrative buildings), I from the city’s budget surplus. scriptions of the cleanliness of the city’s paro-
floor hallway, the robbers moved
think that a lot of the problems would be gone.” O’Brien added that the city should not be- chial schools.
straight to the language lab. “It’s a
He proposed that each school receive a lump come so involved in real estate deals. Mayor O’Brien said that one of his best qualifica-
mystery why they by-passed rooms
sum of money at the beginning of the year, and “Willie Brown is the broker, and the supervi- tions to represent the district is his San
234 and 260,
that teachers and parents decide how to spend sors are his real estate agents,” O’Brien said. Franciscan heritage. “Why shouldn’t we have a
which were the money. Those two groups would also have When students asked how O’Brien’s policies board that has five or six members born and
among many control over hiring and firing site administra- on rent control reconcile with his views on raised in San Francisco?” He was critical of the
classrooms that tors, according to Hoogasian’s plan. privatization, he said, “Sometimes you have to lack of native San Franciscans on the Board, say-
contained com- Senior Sam Tsang said he likes the idea of change the rules to benefit people.” ing that the city’s natives are the ones who best
puters along consolidating district administration. “Admin- The students said that O’Brien’s statements appreciate city’s resources. He admits that he
their route,” istration has ruined the school system,” Tsang were contradictory. “Why shouldn’t landlords did not become involved in politics until 1992,
Mahoney said. said. be allowed to make a buck, too?” senior Chris but “I surfed at Ocean Beach” as a teen. He said
The vandals Hoogasian, the only Republican in the race, Chin asked. “He (O’Brien) seems to have ex- being native makes him more interested in pro-
demolished is also running on a platform of improving city ceptions for everything. How do you know that tecting the city’s shorelines. “I can’t go running
part of the door transit. He called for “cleaner streets” and said when he’s in office he won’t have exceptions. back to Long Island or Texas,” he said.
to the language John Mahoney, he wants to “make 19th Avenue a safer thor- He can only take one side on anything.” He added “Leland Yee is almost; he came
lab with a chisel assistant oughfare.” He proposed to achieve these goals Sophomore Helen Fong, who said she does here when he was three. Gavin Newsom is al-
and went on to principal by creating underground highways and Muni not like O’Brien’s stand on the closure of the most, he was born in Marin.” From 1989 to
steal or damage Metro lines. Under his proposal, funding for the bowling alley, added: “He seems to always con- 1991, O’Brien lived in Hawaii.
a total of 36 projects would come from a sharply increased tradict himself.” Spangengburg said she felt O’Brien did not
pieces of equipment. gas tax and from bridge tolls that he said he Freshman Michaela Spangenburg added: adequately address or understand students’
Damaged machinery, including would raise to $10 per car, with a two dollar “He was kind of a questions. “I
two dismantled computers, was left refund for every passenger in the car. Cars with fence-sitter.” don’t think he
strewn about the hallway near room District Seven
more than five riders would receive subsidies, They also com- was too in-
235. Faculty members found an au- he said. mented on formed on the is-
dio-visual cart at the top of the handi- Students said they approve of Hoogasian’s O’Brien’s lack of de- sues,” she said.
cap ramp in front of the school, manner of thinking. Tsang said: “The fact that tails about the fidu-
Mahoney said. he is this innovative means that in office, he ciary feasibility of Ve t e r a n ’s
Summer school teachers Ray Hill would not just support the status quo.” his plans. “He’s an vouchers -
and Richard Soward discovered the Hoogasian added that if elected, he will do- okay candidate, but Bud Wilson,
damage and notified administrators, nate his supervisorial salary to San Francisco when he’s in office, an air force vet-
who in turn alerted police of. AIDS charities. you kind of wonder eran, is unsure of
“The language lab was thought to be where he’s going to his position on
one of the safest rooms in the school,” Contradictory chiropractor get the money vouchers. “A
Culver said. “It had one motion sensor Candidate Rennie O’Brien, a chiropractor, from,” Spangenburg large number of
alarm and one sound alarm.” is running on a platform of nativism, rent con- said. my supporers
According to officer Lindsey trol and free enterprise. O’Brien said he opposes Chin added: “He and friends are in
Suslow’s police report, every hallway the conversion of apartments into condo- was too broad on the parochial
was equipped with motion detectors. minium units. He also called rent control “the some subjects … schools, so I ba-
However, Suslow discovered that no only way for young people to save money to one he’s not being really sically support
alarms had been called in. day buy a home.” realistic about any- vouchers,” he
What went wrong? One of two He said he opposes the privatization of pub- thing.” said. Then he
scenarios may have taken place, ac- lic property, such as the Harding Park Golf Like Hoogasian, added: “But I see
cording to Culver and Mahoney. Course, which is slated to become a subsidiary O’Brien has plans for District Seven’s schools, that they take money out of the school budget.
The alarms may have functioned of a private golf course company. Conversely, which include Clarendon and Lakeshore El- I’m changing my mind.”
properly and alerted school district he said he opposes turning private property into ementary Schools, Aptos and Herbert Hoover Although many students who attended said
headquarters, which are manned 24 public space. O’Brien applied this idea to the Middle Schools, and J. Eugene MacAteer and they wished Wilson would have discussed his
hours a day. Operators required to closure of Japantown Bowl. “If Japantown Bowl Lowell High Schools. plans more, Spangenburg said: “The other guy
notify police may not have re- can’t keep itself afloat, it’s toast.” He said that “I will spot-check every school in my dis- (O’Brien) talked more about himself. This guy
sponded, in which case human error the owners should be allowed to sell the build- trict every three months,” O’Brien said. He was (Wilson) talked more about what he is going to
was the culprit, Culver said. ing if they feel that action will help them earn harshly critical of the state of the school’s cam- do.”
On the other hand, the alarms more money. puses and attributed to the condition to “lazi-
may have been turned off. “Recre- He called the city’s promises of low-income ness” on the part of the janitors. He said his spot
ational leagues and other groups of- housing in the Presidio “lies,” and proposed that checks would serve to ensure that the janitors Three Absentees
ten use the gym in the summer,” teachers be housed there. He said he opposes are not taking “long lunches.” He added that he Candidates Tony Hall and Maryo
Mahoney said. the housing complex that the school district would show janitors how to fix things if they Mogannam did not respond to The Lowell’s in-
“They notify the school district, plans to build next to Diane Feinstein Elemen- did not know, but “I don’t want to collect toilet vitation to participate in the round table dis-
which turns off the alarm. tary because it would feature too few units and seats if I’m paying a guy $75,000 to do it,” he cussions.
“ If anyone was using the build- would be a “ghetto.” He also suggested that the said. Incumbent Mabel Teng was too busy with
ing, alarms on the entire campus existing structure of Laguna Honda Hospital, Students said they felt O’Brien’s ire was mis- her responsibilities as supervisor and candidate
would be off.” which is being evacuated because it does not placed. “The janitors are really helpful,” Fong to attend any of the sessions, according to
meet earthquake safety standards, be turned said. “I see them working hard every day. It Sandra Lee, a member of Teng’s staff.
6 COLUMNS September 22, 2000 The Lowell
Memo to Karenna: Don’t talk to teens
By Sarah Pearce
Democratic National Convention.
ROM: Gore 2000 Press What 22-year-old will care
Office about the youth platform proposal
To: Karenna Gore Schiff establishing student councils
Re: Never talk to the young “equal in voice and in vote” to
people (unless they are old enough high school administrations? When
to vote). they are college students in 2004,
Some kid internet journalists too old to eat Happy Meals, but
who said they were with the As- too young to have kids of their
sociated Student Press, or some- own who eat Happy Meals, how
thing, wanted to meet with you. many of them will care about cre-
Of course, we turned down the ating healthy fast food meals that
request, per your policy against nonetheless feature free toys to
meeting with people who haven’t capture kids’ fancies and nourish
reached voting age. them at the same time?
Somebody in the office said you Once they are older, will
had questioned the policy, but they really want to reduce
don’t worry yourself about glfilegal majority to 16, as
losing future voters to third they do now? Of course
party candidates; you will not. “We had to wait un-
be able to woo back the til we were 18 to vote,”
youth in 2004. Sure, these young people will
Reform Party candi- say, “so everyone else
date John Hagelin should, too.”
and Green Party Maybe they will
candidate Ralph Gone even support re-
Nader attended the turning the voting
national youth con- goldfishin’ age to 21. (Note to
ventions in Los An- self: convene focus
geles and Philadelphia, respec- group on raising voting age.)
tively. But just because Hagelin Don’t worry that they will be-
and Nader spent hours listening come indifferent to the process.
and responding to a youth-writ- Apathy, schmapathy! All you’ll
ten platform of national problems have to do at the 2004 convention
and solutions, doesn’t mean that is hit some of the hot parties like
those kiddies will vote for a minor this year’s shindig featuring a
party candidate when they attain performancae by the Goo Goo
majority. Dolls that the Democratic National
Your father, Al, did not even Convention held for delegates un-
deign to respond to the kids’ invi- der age 35. Dance with ‘em, and
tation to discuss their pseudo-plat- they’ll forget that they ever felt
form, but it will not hurt him a bit. slighted.
It only angered people who can’t So, Karenna, keep on doing
vote. By the time these kids are what you are doing, and just think:
able to do so, they will not be in- In just 17 short years, your one- JENNY SKLYARENKO
terested in the issues they set forth year-old son, Wyatt, will be old
at their convention at Occidental enough to vote, and your policy Will you please talk to me? Why is teen reporter Sarah getting no response from Karenna Gore?
College at the same time as the will allow you to talk to him! Karenna’s “let’s-not-talk-to-anyone-who-cannot-vote” policy will not get her any rave reviews.
Penny fanatic demands respect Michelle ‘syncs’ to a new level By Michelle Konstantinovsky
By Lauren Yee phia 1998 is just an arm’s length in front of able titles as “Digital Get Down,” “It
HIS SUMMER, I did something M a k e s M e I l l ” a n d “ S p a c e C o w b o y
AM A PENNY ENTHUSIAST. When I see you, watch out. Reaching down can land you
I ’m really ashamed of. It may (Yippie-Yi-Yay)”! I’ve even decorated my
a penny, I pick it up, and I keep it. Boy, a set of crushed fingers. Boots are the worst
shock some, but to others, they r o o m w i t h p i c t u r e s o f m y f a v o r i t e
do I get strange looks for that. Me! — but they gives me a good reason to carry
around my first aid kit. w i l l f i n d c o m f o r t t h a t I s h a re ‘NSYNCer, Justin, despite the unneces-
the one raking in the cash! Lately I’ve
Not everyone, however, shares my theiraddiction. My sin? I spent over sarily large tuft of curly blonde hair on
made penny-chasing a vital part of
enthusiasm. Sometimes I wonder if I’m $60 attending my second ‘NSYNC top of his head, the two hideous dia-
my day.Every once in a while, if I’m
the only one playing garbage col- concert. mond stud earrings, the rhinestones and
lucky, maybe I’ll fin a nickel or two
lector for pennies. Nowadays, I am an ‘NSYNC addict. glitter.
before the day’s out, but pennies
the only kind of pennies most The self-titled, debut ‘NSYNC al- My problem worsened
are my specialty.
people bother to pick up are bum was my doom. I’d ordered when I attended my second
I’ve racked up a fortunein pen-
the shiny, heads-up, maybe- it out of curiosity. I listened to ‘NSYNC concert this past
nies. Usually I’m ableto pick
I’ll-need-the-luck 2000s — it every once in a while, and I June. I couldn’t figure out
up at least nine cents a day.
At seven days a week for and only if they’re clean. Any- even traveled to Oakland to what was wrong with ev- -
52 weeks, and I’m making
Pennies thing else they’ll walk on. see them in concert in No- eryone there — why were
from heaven The penny problem has vember 1999. But I wasn’t they all so proud to be
about $33 a year or nearly Tastes like
become so bad that amuse- taking this seriously; I there? All around me,
fifty trips to the senior
laughed through half the burning! g i r l s w e re p a r a d i n g
vending machines. The way I figure, by ment park machines now turn pennies into
concert. All around me around with ‘NSYNC
the time I die, I’ll have made over $2,000 unrecognizable scraps of copper at 51 cents
preteen girls were scream- shirts and signs. Didn’t
just from pennies. Add that to my future a pop. And you thought I was the crazy one.
ing hysterically at the sight of five they know they looked stupid?
pension, and I’ll be snacking long into re- I’ll bet when the mint put good ol’ Abe
Lincoln’s face on a penny, no one realized jumping guys wearing neon colored Then it occurred to me: maybe it’s
jumpsuits. I thought I was too mature okay to like happy pop music. Maybe I
I won’t lie to you: Penny-chasing is no that one day his image would be replaced
for all this nonsense. I was simply don’t have to be a closet teenybopper.
breeze. Try picking up a penny when half by Mickey Mouse’s. Honest Abe would be
there for a good laugh ... right? Maybe I’ll be accepted by my peers de-
the student body seems to be kicking it appalled.
Have our leaders done anything to stop Wrong. In March, 2000, I became spite my love for ‘NSYNC!
all the way down to the end of the math
a full-fledged ‘NSYNC fan. I bought My addiction is getting worse. It’s not
wing. When that shiny, minted Philadel- penny neglect? No. They’ve only taken away
our penny meters and replaced them with t h e i r n e w a l b u m , N o S t r i n g s A t - enough that I think “Bye Bye Bye” is the
the quarters-only models which accept the tached, stood in line for three hours most intelligent song ever written, I now
new commemorative state quarters. for concert tickets and began obses- drag my friends down to my level. A few
And why are the commemorative state sively taping every talk show they weeks ago, I brought out my official
coins all quarters? — as if the quarter isn’t were on. I’m left wondering why I ‘NSYNC home video, “‘N The Mix” and
popular enough. Why not commemorative didn’t get my “teeny-bopperness” forced my friends to watch footage of
state pennies? We could start collecting out in the open when I was at the ap- my five guys. Before they knew it, they
those and a set of fifty would be twenty- propriate age. Why must I now hang were asking to rewind the video so they
five times cheaper. I’m sure people who like m y h e a d i n s h a m e w h e n I b u y could see it all again! This is insanity! My
Mickey Mouse on their pocket change, SuperTeen just for a poster of those love for ‘NSYNC has not only shamed
could warm up to the South Carolina em- five faces? me, but brought shame to my friends!
blem stamped on the backs of their pennies. Speaking of those five faces, I can’t When will it end?
If we don’t support the penny, it may end explain why Justin, Lance, JC, Chris After one ‘NSYNC video viewing, a
up like gold coins, out of use and forgotten. and Joey have had such an effect on friend told me that if ‘NSYNC were a re-
The only real gold coins you can buy are me. They somehow managed to res- ligion, she would consider herself con-
MATT AKANA wrapped-in-plastic collector items and I urrect the secret pop lover in me who, verted. Did I do a good thing by bring-
doubt vending machines will accept those. in the second grade admired Paula ing ‘NSYNC into my friends’ lives? For
It’s a bird... it’s a plane... It’s Lauren So much for the Gold Mountain. The streets Abdul. Through their upbeat songs now, I’ll pretend I did. After all, pretend-
the penny woman, saving dirty pennies ain’t lined with gold, folks — only paved with and perfect dance moves, I’ve some- ing that ‘NSYNC is good is what I do
from neglect! pennies. how come over to the “dark side” and best. At least until the next teenybopper
given in to liking songs with laugh- fad comes along.
step into SATIRE
September 22, 2000 The Lowell Politics, Page 7
Satire makes politics, media appeal to teens
By Sarah Pearce And for “unfunny
VER WRITE “y=mx+b,” or “je suis, tu es, il est, nous news” on Vietnam and
sommes, vous êtes, ils sont,” or “1776,” on the back Watergate, the paper re-
of your hand? You’re not alone. Members of the ported: “G. Gordon
Capitol Steps write themselves little reminders on their Liddy eats former attor-
hands all the time. ney general to prevent
The political satire troupe, a group of former of Capi- exposure of Watergate
tol Hill employees, bases its songs on very current events, secrets,” and “Johnson
so sometimes the lyricists write a new song only minutes deploys 20,000 body
before a performance; the actors then write the lyrics on bags to Vietnam. Bag es-
their hands. calation part of U.S.
“If anyone dies of ink poisoning, you’ll know why,” policy of ‘corpse con-
said group co-founder, producer and lyricist Elaina New- tainment.’”
port, a former member of the staffs of retired senators The Web site also re-
Charles Percy (R-IL) and Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY), in ports on current news
an interview with The Boston Globe. such as “Bush surges
The Capitol Steps are part of a movement back to the ahead in polls after
art of political satire that included Tom Lehrer, the sing- strong showing on
ing Harvard math professor. However, he quit the satire pommel horse (a gym-
profession when nastics event).”
news about Water- Popular parody sites
gate and the Viet- also include The Modern
nam War “became Humorist (www.modern
so unfunny,” wrote Bush surges humorist.com), which
Janet Maslin, a re-
porter for The New
ahead in polls sent its members daily
updates during the two
York Times, in the after strong major political parties’
April 23, 1997 ar- conventions this sum- ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT AKANA
ticle headlined “Up showing on mer. It also displayed visual gags, including pages of ter; B: France; C: Drop the Chalupa; or D: Crunchy pea-
the Hill to fetch a pommel horse. George W. Bush’s “diary,” which featured kid-like, crayon- nut butter. Bush: What is France? Philbin: No, this isn’t
pail of laughter.” drawn pictures supposedly by the GOP presidential hope- Jeopardy. You don’t have to form your answer in the form Members of
Maslin wrote: THE ONION, ful. The pictures and captions show him fighting against of a question. Bush: No, I’m serious. What is France?). the Capitol
“Political humor, satirical newspaper the evil supervillain “Lieber Man.” The cursive captions Hurd said that although the Capitol Steps’ teen audi- Steps
which once thrived bore corrections from “Dubya’s” teacher, as well. ence is small, “it’s important that we don’t lose that au- impersonate
… has lost much of dience, not only for the interest in current events, but the presidential
its popular appeal.” However, Lowellites’ interest in the Satire = politics + art interest in theater. It reminds kids you can still have fun.” candidate
outcropping of presidential election-related Web sites has George W.
Satires are an excellent way to join politics and the per- Bush
proven her wrong. forming arts and make the two accessible to teenagers, A chicken in every pot, a mocking for all impersonating
Many students say they appreciate such vehicles for according to Capitol Steps press secretary Bill Hurd, who Satirists are generally equal-opportunity mockers, former White
satire and that they are regular readers of the satirical spoke with The Lowell in a June 12 interview. The Capi- according to Newport. The presidential election has House intern
newspaper The Onion (www.theonion.com). Senior Amy tol Steps’ lyricists, Newport and Bill Strauss, former chief spawned the Web site Billionaires for Bush or Gore Monica
Ong, who shares articles from The Onion with her friends, counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Energy, Nuclear (www.billionairesforbushorgore.com), which laments sar- Lewinsky
said: “It’s more interesting than reading a regular news- Proliferation, and Government Processes, add their own candidate Al
donically that the wealth gap is not growing fast enough. Gore
paper.” lyrics to well-known music, some of which is pop music The site encourages billionaire viewers to support Bush, impersonating
Examples of The Onion’s satirical headlines come from familiar to teens. They sing about President Bill Clinton’s who, according to the site, will widen the gap if elected. first lady
the book Our Dumb Century. On the breaking out of approval ratings to Chumba Wumba’s “Tubthumping” It also advocates support for Gore on an identical Hillary
World War I, The Onion reported: “War declared by all. (My polls go down/ But they go up again/ You’ll never premise. Rodham
Austria declares war on Serbia declares war on Germany run me out of town). They target other cultural icons. In the Steps’ press statement, Newport said: “Typically, Clinton.
declares war on France declares war on Turkey declares They ridicule Bush’s foreign policy ignorance in the for- the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then
war on Russia declares war on Bulgaria declares war on mat of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Regis Philbin: The the Democrats goof up, and the Republicans party. That’s
Britain. Ottoman Empire almost declares war on itself.” president of France is the leader of what nation? A: Jupi- what we call a two-party system.”
Oops ... we tried this ourselves Steps appeals to both policy
Ooh, baby, baby wonks and political dummies
Counselor: Charlie, before you second term. who need a crash course from
file, there’s something I have for Scex sandals, With their latest CD, It’s Not Politics for Dummies will get the -
THINK I did it again you. Over ‘Til the First Lady Sings, the message when they hear the
My classes are closed Charlie: Oh, all my classes! All
pinhaling hot and Capitol Steps’ members prove Steps’ subtly clever jokes.
It’s almost the end, oh baby the right mods, too! But wait, nailed masa fissions that they can hit a lyrical high But politics isn’t the only sub-
It might seem like a joke these classes closed hours ago! note not only accurately, but ject the Capitol Steps members
But with only two classes Counselor: Well, I went back and are late for wummies time and time again. The songs address. Their work also includes
I’m serious opened them up just for you. and donks are based on a an engaging
And to lose my announcer Charlie: Oh! You shouldn’t have! clever combina- mix of pop cul-
That’s just so typically me Counselor: Actually, I didn’t! Melanie Sun
Ooh, baby, baby
tion of current Music review ture. What TV
Hahahahahaha! HE WORLD IS FULL of pop hits like watcher won’t
Oops ... I did it again!
gorny huys like Harren Ricky Martin’s enjoy “Who
I filed incomplete Oops ... I did it again! Incom- Warding, RDF, KFJ, and of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and classic Wants to Be A Millionaire Can-
Got lost in the gym plete!
Ooh, baby, baby course, Clill Binton, alias Wick favorites like the Village People’s didate?” featuring George W.
Got lost in the gym,
Oops ... I’m just one of the masses Slillie, our most lecently erected “YMCA.” Crossing all party Bush’s incompetence with for-
With only two cla-ass-e-ess president. lines, the Capi- eign policy.
Oops ... you think I’m in Gov, but
And a one through 21 This English teacher’s night- tol Steps play What kid
You see my problem is here I’m not that fortunate! mare is just one of the signature to the max ev- could resist
This empty greensheet Oops ... I did it again! features used by the Capitol ery fact, the Steps’
Wishing these subjects did still ex- I’m the last one here Steps, a music group that’s been thought and take on Philip
ist Alone in the gym spoofing current events since rumor running M o r r i s ’s
I cry watching them close Ooh, baby, baby 1984. through the feeble at-
Feeling a fool in so many ways Oops ... I’m not Shield and Scroll The sex lives of former presi- minds of tempt at edu-
And to lose my greensheet Treated like a tro-o-o-oll dents aren’t the only things to Americans — cating chil-
That’s just so typically me With a one through 21! come under the fire of the Steps, from Clinton’s dren on the
Ooh, baby, baby who have placed their satirical sex life to dangers of
Oops... I did it again! Editor’s note: Original mark on everything from SUVs to Bush’s alleged smoking or
I filed incomplete song and lyrics Marion Barry. cocaine abuse the popular
Got lost in the gym composed by Britney It’s rare to find a group that to disastrous anime with
Ooh, baby, baby Spears. The Lowell successfully blends politics and NASA space “Smokemon?”
Oops... I’m just one of the masses assumes no liability music to appeal to people of all missions. Some of the most timeless
With only two cla-ass-e-ess for readers who get
And a one through 21 ages, from the most politically Their voice impersonations of truths about the relations be-
the song stuck in their America’s big names, especially tween men and women are
Olivia Brown: Mini-Arena is now savvy to those who believe
heads all weekend.
closing George Herbert Walker Bush is Mike Tilton’s rendition of thrown in to complete the fast-
still president and running for a Clinton, are classic. Even those paced, and outrageous fun.
Practical jokers find a new niche on the net
By Ashley Yueh
NONDESCRIPT BOX sits who have been annoyed or wronged. nymity don’t absolve the sender of respon- saying: ‘I wish someone would tell them
on a Georgia Tech student’s DogDoo.com offers Econo-Poop from a 20- sibility. “These packages are offensive, and (about their problem), but it just can’t be
front stoop. A sticky yellow note pound dog; the PooPoo Special, from a 50- the people who send them are disrespectful me.’ No one wants to hurt feelings, and
flutters on his door, telling him the delivery pound dog; and the PooPoo Grande, from cowards,” junior Peter Arth said. “Just be- we needed a service like this.”
guy has come and gone. Expecting a pack- a 110-pound dog, often weighing in at more cause it’s anonymous doesn’t make it okay.” A wide variety of prankster sites on
age from his aunt, he takes the box upstairs than two pounds. Freshman Louise Ng agreed. “Send- the Web are accessible to anyone armed
and removes the protective tape from the DoggyPoop.com is a similar site, of- ing these things is totally disrespectful of with a credit card and a taste for revenge.
cardboard. A profusion of rustling tissue fering a quarter pound or one pound pile others’ feelings,” she said. These services can provide laughs and
paper greets him as he pulls out a mysteri- of poop for anonymous delivery. These Other internet sites offer gross-out good-natured insults; however, they pose
ous lump. malodorous packages are for practical jokes without the use a moral dilemma for the sender, and
He is left holding a hard pile of dog people who want a nonviolent of doggy defecation. should be used with care.
poop sealed tightly in plastic. outlet for their anger or an RevengeUnlimited.com
The student, Steve Hsu, is just another opportunity to play a snide offers anonymous
victim of DogDoo.com, one of many practical joke.
“I hadn’t gifts like a dozen What kinds
internet revenge sites that provide a variety “I would use been expecting dead roses for $49,
of poo poo packages, pranks and anony- these sites if I dog crap in a $55 if spray- of internet
mous letters for customers could,” junior Kyle painted black, and
Otsuki said. “But box.” $45 tombstones prank sites
it seems like I ready for delivery.
would have to use
It also offers items would you
a credit card. I don’t want
my parents to know I’m student
ing parking tick- like to see?
spending their money on this ets and even “One ...
stuff.” “ s m a l l pecker” condoms. where someone
DogDoo.com also offers The web site also offers a chat room sends you a let-
customers T-shirts emblazoned and posting board for members of ter and tells you
with an average-size dog doing RevengeUnlimited.com to share their wrath they like you,
its business and mugs proclaim- and diabolical ideas with other revenge art- but it’s fake.”
ing, “This Coffee Tastes Like ists. According to the Web site, targets of — Diana
Crap.” According to Dog- these gifts are often ex-spouses, the US gov- Ku, 0402
Doo.com, the perfect gift for the ernment, and oddly, bald people.
person who has almost everything, Though the pranks offered at
retailing for $298, is the Great RevengeUnlimited.com are certainly not as “I’d like to
Bronze Doo. nasty as a pile of dog doo, the use of them is see sites where
“I hadn’t been expecting dog still open to debate. you can send
crap in a box,” Hsu, a 21-year-old “I would never use anything like that,” junk mail to
said. “I still have no idea who sent it English teacher David Hathwell said. “I
send you junk
because all I got with it was a note wouldn’t respect anyone who did.”
that said ‘HAHA.’” Hsu voices a Although there is no existing preven- — Keenahn
common complaint; these packages tative law, the use of these sites still pre- Jung, 0203
are definitely an unpleasant sur- sents a potential legal issue. “If the pack-
prise for the recipient, and they ages are perceived as a threat, the recipient “One that
cause others to question the val- can contact the postal office or police de- eggs peoples’
ues of a society whose people partment to file a report,” San Francisco cars and throws
seek revenge anonymously by Police Department officer Alexandra water balloons
sending boxes of dog waste Medina said. at people.”
products. Unlike harsh revenge and prankster — Emily
Both sites, Gentlehints.com is for people who
DogDoo.com want to send a message and avoid a con-
and Doggy- frontation. For everyday problems that
P o o p . c o m plague friends, coworkers and loved ones, “I’d like to
have a policy of according to Gentlehints.com, a “gentle, see secret ad-
anonymity for their tactful and sensitive” letter, along with an mirer Web
customers, and according to the “appropriate item” will be sent in the mail. sites.”
sites, all packages can be sent For example, if a friend eats like a dog,
anonymously to any address in the sprays food all over the table while speak-
world. ing with his mouth full and can’t tell a
But plastic covering and ano- steak knife from a salad fork, a copy of
Tiffany’s Table Manners is sent along with
the note. Gentlehints.com’s services cost “I would
between $12 and $16, including both the love to see a
site that sends
note and gift.
According to Anne Ford, founder of
the company, Gentlehints.com was created on the victim’s
to spare people the embarrassment and hurt door with a
involved in confronting loved ones about, huge check
say, faulty hygiene habits. and shakes his
“Each letter begins with ‘Someone hand. I know
who cares wants you to know,’” Ford some stingy people and I’d love to
said, “and continues with something see their faces when they realize the
like: ‘You sometimes have halitosis (bad check is not real.”
breath),’ depending on what the prob- — Vernice Ross, Digital High
“The idea was taken from real-life
An unexpected delivery. Internet prank sites offer a variety of shocking practical experience. We got together and were COMPUTER GRAPHICS BY BRONNIE KONECKY AND NICK ELPRIN
jokes, delivered anonymously right to the victim’s doorstep. always talking about people we knew and BACKGROUND ILLUSTRATION BY JANINE MOGANNAM
s Varsity boys’ soc-
cer gearing up for a
See Page 12
By Kameela Din
FTER WATCHING THE GIANTS go from
fighting for first place in the National League
Western Division to owning the best record in
the major leagues over the past two months, I only have
one question: Who are these guys?
Of course, everybody who has seen the Giants
progress throughout the 2000 season knows who they
are. We’ve watched as they went from being a team more
than six games behind Arizona in the standings to one
of the most intimidating and feared teams in the Na-
But when did our plucky team become this incred-
ible powerhouse? It seems like an amazing overnight
phenomena, but the Giants’ dominance is really not sud-
den at all. It happened gradually, right under our noses.
In 1997, fans were introduced to a young, scrappy
bunch of guys — unfamiliar faces to us at first, but by
the season’s end, we embraced them. Our gritty “new”
Giants shocked the ELI KORAL
baseball world early on Tackle! Cardinals Alexis Carvajal, Morgan Wallace and Jeffrey Garcia ambush an Alaskan Bartlett High school Bear in a
with a nine-game win- defensive manuever to prevent a touchdown during the Sept. 7 game.
ning streak in April to
set the tone for the ’97
season. Fans reveled in
the success, watching a
group of strangers
come together in a six-
Bears can’t crush spirit such as false starts,” junior Alex Romero nish the Cardinal season according to head
month span to win the Preseason losses said. “We also had a lot of stupid penal- coach Jason Krolikowski.
Ever since, the Gi-
hone V. football team ties. But defense stepped up except for the “Our preseason losses do not have any
big plays.” impact with what we do in our league. We
ants have been known By Justina Louie Starting off slowly, neither teams are obviously not happy about our losses
as the team of over-
ETERMINED TO WIN the city scored in the first quarter. During the sec- but that will not effect us in making it to
achievers — never expected to do much, always stupe-
championship, varsity football ond quarter, the Cougars scored to lead Turkey Day.”
fying the so-called baseball experts. Even after three
players are undeterred by two by 7 points and then added 9 more points Players share the same mindset.
consecutive winning seasons, most predictions for the
consecutive preseason losses. in the third quarter. In the fourth quar- “We have been doing well, but the big
season outcomes were against the Giants. No one in
When the Cardinals faced off against ter, both the Cardinals and Cougars scored plays are what has been killing us,” Romero
baseball believed a team with a mediocre payroll and
the Half Moon Bay Cougars on Friday, 6 points and the game ended with Lowell’s said. “If we could eliminate that, we will
no big-name players could compete against the larger
Sept. 15, they made several mistakes that defeat 29-6.
contributed to the 29-6 loss. The Half Moon Bay defeat will not tar- See CRUSH on Page 11
See GIANTS on Page 12 “We made a lot of mental mistakes
Runners racing Girls’ varsity
to certain victory volleyball -
By Wei-ying Wang Leong forsees no competition in the city sets up for
ICTORY IS ON THE MINDS of title.
cross country runners and their
coach as they start the season with
“I don’t see any challengers,” Leong said.
“There’s absolutely no (competition) for
By Alice Ho
confidence after two victories at the 28th the girls. We could put our third string out
annual Lowell Invitational. and still win.” HE VARSITY GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL team mem-
Of the 30 schools in attendance, Lowell Junior Henry Luong remained confi- bers are ready to face the season with a new coach
placed first in both the sophomore boys’ dent as well. and four consecutive championships under their
and the frosh/soph girls’ divisions. “We will win at State,” Luong said. belt.
“This is my first race,” freshman Emily Freshmen Kelly Leong said, “Everyone’s New coach Susan Loo had only been with the team
Moore said. “I think we did really good, going to do really well (this season) because for two weeks when they started the pre-season.
but even if we placed last, I’d still think everyone at Lowell works hard.” In one of Loo’s first games as coach against Sacred
that.” Despite their confidence, the Cardinals Heart on Tuesday, Sept. 12, Lowell kept the score close,
However, the Cardinals did not do as may have more difficulty than anticipated but lost three out of five sets, 15-10, 14-16, 13-15, 16-14,
well in the other divisions, according to because of injuries to some key runners. 15-10.
coach Andy Leong. Freshmen boys placed According to Leong, in addition to top girls’ According to team members, poor communication
sixth, JV girls placed fifth, JV boys placed team runner senior Michi Hirakawa-Wong was the cause.
sixth, varsity girls placed seventh and var- who sprained her ankle last month, both “They know that [communication] is the biggest prob-
sity guys placed eleventh. senior Jin Daikoku and junior Katherine lem coming with the new team, so they’re working hard
“The newbies did well … For them to Schoellenbach are suffering knee pain. at that,” Loo said.
compete with only two and a half weeks “Michi and Jin did not compete (in the Physical education teacher Carolyn Louie recruited
of work says a lot,” Leong said. “Our sopho- Invitational),” Leong said. “Not having Loo, who had just taken the year off from coaching Cor-
more girls did very well, they dominated them hurt but it still wouldn’t have changed nerstone. Louie is not sure how long she will be here.
that race. The sophomore boys remain my opinion on what (the varsity squads) “I just happened to have a year off,” Loo said.
undefeated … (but) they didn’t dominate did as a team.” “We appreciate her helping us because we were really
the race like they did last year. The varsity In addition to the loss of the team’s top desperate for a coach,” senior Grace Ji said.
group was not bad, but not good, for both runners, a lack of motivation and rapport The team’s former coaches, Chris Lee and Ron Chu,
boys and girls.” among the team members is potentially had helped the team win four championships in a row.
Sophomore Michael Quach said, “We detrimental to their success this season. “The coaches we had before, Chris and Ron, have been
No pain, no gain. Senior Peter Luong leaves performed well, but not our best.”
the competition in the dust. Despite their disappointing ranks, See INVITE on Page 10 See COACH on Page 13
10 SPORTS September 22, 2000 The Lowell
Runners win some, lose some at Lowell Invitational From INVITE on Page 9 and Colleen Lue leaves the team without girls who run close together,” Leong said.
leaders. In addition to losing the team “The [time] differentials are small.”
“We need better unity and leaders,” leaders, the Cardinals also lost class of ’00 Having small time differentials is im-
Daikoku said. “We have a whole bunch of Jonathan Gee, the boys’ team number two portant because scoring is based on the
little groups that train together. We need runner. ranks of the first five runners to cross the
one functioning unit.” Despite these losses, the finish line, the lowest score wins.
Senior Hinayo Arimoto team forges ahead with a mul- Leong says the Lincoln team gave the
said seniors used to work We need titude of new freshmen run- Cardinals boys a run for their money last
with seniors, “but seniors ners. “There’s a lot of good year, but he is confident Lowell will be suc-
are supposed to lead the better new talent because of all these cessful. The girls’ competition amounts to
team. We need upperclass- unity and freshmen,” Arimoto said. one runner from ISA. “There’ll be indi-
men and lower classmen “With a lot of people, we have viduals, but no teams,” Leong said.
working together. We’re leaders. a higher chance of getting “We know we’re going to make the state
nothing like volleyball or faster runners.” meet because there’s no one in the city
basketball, but we still need JIN Besides numbers, consis- that’s going to beat us, but between now
team work to cheer us on.” DAIKOKOU, tency is also an asset. Accord- and then we need to improve a lot,” he
Freshmen Elaine Harris runner ing to Leong, other schools added.
said, “It was really good that have switched coaches every Freshmen Otilia Torres said, “We
everybody’s cheering you year, while he has been coach- should be number one all the time; I think
on. It makes you run faster ing the current team for four we will be.”
when you hear the people screaming.” years. Quach said, “We performed well, but
According to Leong in addition to the In addition to having one long- .... I expect Lowell to do what we’ve been
need for unity and motivation, the loss of term coach, the team also has time doing for the last ten years, win at All-City
last year’s graduating seniors Mary Louie consistancy. “We have a good group of in every division. I won’t settle for less.”.
On your mark, get set, go! Members of the track team race for the finish line at the Lowell Invitational on September 19.
Schedule Box Basketball teams
score in Las Vegas Girls’ golf team
Varsity football Cross country
9/29 vs. Washington
10/6 vs. Balboa
10/4 All comer meets at
Teams earn think we would’ve done bet-
ter if we’d had two extra
10/12 vs. Marshall 10/11 All comer meets at cash at Vegas
10/19 vs. Mission
10/27 vs. Lincoln
10/17 vs, McAteer and
By Ashley Yueh
people on our team.”
Each of the top four
teams in the competition
to dominate league
10/24 vs. McAteer and elected players from their
Galileo A-CHING! Ka-ching! teams to play in an All-Tour- By Michelle Konstantinovsky
JV football 11/2 vs. ISA and Balboa T h e nament game.
girls’ According to FTER LOSING ITSTOP PLAYER, and bringing on
9/28 vs. Washington basketball varsity coach many new players, the girl’s golf team faces a
10/5 vs. Balboa Tennis teams hit a James Thomas, rough sea-son.
10/13 vs. Marshall little jackpot All the Woo, and JV “I had some very high expectations,” coach Lee
9/26 vs. Burton at Lowell
10/19 vs. Mission in Las Vegas player sopho-
10/26 vs. Lincoln
9/28 vs. ISA at Lowell this summer.
teams more Danielle
Silverstain said. “But one of the top four players chose
10/3 vs. Balboa at Lowell not to play.”
10/5 vs. Galileo at Lowell
From July were really Mizouri played Adding to this problem will be the loss of players
30 to August in the All-Stars
Soccer 10/10 vs. McAteer at Lowell 16, the var- big com- game with the
who participate in varsity basketball. In addition, many
new members of the golf team are beginners, which
9/26 vs. Marshall sity and JV pared to best players of causes time conflict for Silverstein.
9/28 vs. Balboa t e a m s the tournament. Many girls want to play, “But there’s not enough
10/3 vs. Mission placed third our small “The compe-
time to bring along a group of beginners, and run a
and fourth in tition was good.
10/5 vs. Galileo
competition team. There were sev-
team,” Silverstein said.
10/10 vs. Lincoln According to Silverstein, the team will not suffer
against eral excellent
teams from teams in atten- from the loss of seniors from last year.
Varsity volleyball Arizona, Ne- dance, with Three strong players, Julie Golton, Jamie Wong, and
vada, Utah, CHERYL some excellent Kristine Siao were all juniors.
10/2 vs. Burton
and South- players,” Tho- “I’m looking forward to a good season,” Golton
10/4 vs. Balboa WOO, said. “I think we can do well.”
10/11 vs. McAteer ern Califor- mas said.
nia in the Las basketball Junior Chris- According to Silverstein, the leauge is divided into
10/16 vs. Wallenberg Golf Vegas Clas- player tina Wong, a two divisions.
10/18 vs. Galileo 9/25 vs. Wallenberg at sics, an an- varsity team Lowell, Washington, Lincoln, and Wallenberg are
Lincoln Park nual summer all in one division, while the rest of the high schools
JV volleyball 9/27 vs. Washington at basketball “The girls we are in the other.
Lincoln Park tournament sponsored by played against in Las Vegas “I think our biggest competition is basically Wash-
10/3 vs. Lincoln at Lin- And-1 Sports, a sporting were very disciplined. ington,” Harrigan said.
10/2 vs. Burton at Burton
10/4 vs. Balboa at Balboa coln Park goods company. “We would have done The team faced off against their number one com-
10/11 vs. McAteer at Lowell 10/12 NGPA Tournament “All the teams there were better if we were all in bet- petitor, Robert Louis Stevenson.
10/16 vs. Wallenberg at in Vallejo really big compared to our ter condition, Lowell’s next match is against Wallenberg on Sept.
Wallenberg 10/18 vs. Wallenberg at small team,” varsity player which is what we are
10/18 vs. Galileo at Lowell 25 at Lincoln Park at 3 pm.
junior Cheryl Woo said. working on now for the sea-
“We won third place, but I son.”
Lowell High School Septembe 22, 2000 SPORTS 11
Cardinal hopes still high after defeat
From CRUSH on Page 9
do a lot better. I think we will have a good sea-
In a game against Bartlett High School of
Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Sept. 7, Lowell
Bartlett’s 41-point lead at the end of the first
half eliminated any hope of victory for the Car-
dinals. Although both teams were scoreless in
the third quarter, the huge lead made it practi-
cally impossible for the Cardinals to catch up.
In the fourth quarter, sophomore quarterback
Brian Moore scored a touchdown, followed by
a two-point conversion pass to senior
runningback Doug Wang. Lowell was finally on
the scoreboard, but Bartlett also scored in the
Weeks of practice prior to the game were
the fundamental reason for Bartlett’s triumph,
according to Krolikowski.
“Bartlett is a very good football team. On
top of that, they had played four regular sea-
son football games prior, and this was our first
game,” Krolikowski said. “There is no compen-
sation for a real game. But I would like to be-
lieve that if we were at an even level, the score
would have been different. We would have had
a much more competitive game — we might
not have necessarily won, but we would have
definitely produced greater competition.”
Senior linebacker Eric Sanders said, “We did
not execute as well — they out-executed us be-
cause they had played before. But that will im-
prove as we play more games.”
Despite this disappointing loss, the
Krolikowski remains optimistic for the remain-
der of the season.
“Every team we play will have the same
amount of practice time and their personnel
will not be that much better than us. Our team
is very optimistic, and we are determined to let
out our frustration and aggression on another
opponent,” Krolikowski said.
Frustration aside, Krolikowski feels that the
game against Bartlett wasn’t a complete failure. AARON PROCTOR
“We played a very sound football game
against Bartlett,” Krolikowski said. “We were a Flattened! A large Bartlett Bear crushes senior Doug Wang. The Cardinals lost to the Bears 48-8 on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Lowell.
step away on certain plays from either making The Cardinals also lost to Half Moon Bay 29-6 on Friday, Sept. 15, at Half Moon Bay but remain positive.
a defensive stop or scoring or getting the first
down when we needed it. I would have to credit better against Bartlett. along with a solid offensive line, appear ready with a season record of 6-4-1, the team is confi-
that to their having played four football games “There was not much improvement between to lead the team to victory. dent about returning to the playoffs again.
before and it being our first game. Our speed the first game and the second game. I think that Once again, Lowell’s toughest competitors Krolikowski also expects to win the champion-
and our timing was a little bit off at times.” we played harder against Bartlett and we un- will be Washington and Galileo. ships.
Junior Alex Romero said, “Against any of the derestimated Half Moon Bay. But we will not “Against both of these teams, we’re going to “My expectations and the team’s expecta-
teams in the city, that probably would have been underestimate any other opponent in the fu- have play an almost perfect game and catch the tions are that we put in too much work to have
a win. But, we had a lot of turnovers in the red ture.” breaks that we need to compensate for their size anything but a city championship, and that’s flat
zone when we could have scored, and there were This year, the team has a few first-year se- and speed,” Krolikowski said. out what our expectations are,” Krolikowski
a lot of mistakes that ended the good drives that niors and seven sophomores. Key players who Junior linebacker Hansen Lau said, “We will stated.
we had.” graduated were Donald Lockett, Scott Coleman, need focus and concentration to beat our tough- Lowell’s next game will be against Terra
In comparison to the games against Half and Josh Kawaii-Bogue. However, senior est competition.” Linda High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.
Moon Bay and Bartlett, the team performed runningbacks Eric Sanders and Doug Wang, Having placed fourth in the league last year, 23 at Lowell.
JV football optimistic -
despite preseason loss
“Right now our defense is a
strength. I’m seeing very good things
E’RE GONNA make it
to the championships, I coming out of our team, and we should
can feel it,” sophomore have a pretty good year,” said Chan.
linebacker Patrick Emelife said, reflect- The Cardinals lost many sophomores
ing on the upcoming JV football sea- to the varsity team this year, including
son. Brent Snead, Brian Moore, Andrew
After a crushing 30-0 defeat to St. Frisbie, Guillaume Mok, David Luu and
Ignatius in its first preseason game on Bryce MacMartin, but JV players are still
Sunday, Sept. 9, and a 14-14 tie with optimistic about the season.
Half Moon Bay on Friday, Sept. 15, the “Although we lost some of our best
young Cardinal squad, almost two- players to varsity this year, we do have
thirds freshmen, is hoping to gain ex- some new freshman talent that could
perience in its last pre-season game on boost us to the city champiuonships,”
Sept. 23 against Terra Linda. Emelife said.
“Our largest weakness so far are just Sophomore running back and line-
our inexperience and sometimes our backer Bo Sun said, “We’re going to
focus,” head coach Danny Chan said. have a pretty good season this year
“We need more focus with our new because we have a solid defense. Our
offense, and we’ll continue gaining offense is a little shaky, but we’ll try to
experience through the season.” work those problems out before the
Although they have played only two season starts.”
games so far, Chan said the Cardinals Emelife agreed, “Our defense is go-
have shown “offensive and defensive ing to be very good this year. It’s the
improvement,” and the team expects offense that’s failing us right now.” AARON PROCTOR
The Cardinals won their final regu- Corraled by Bears. Despite the loss of preseason games to Alaska’s Bartlett and
to be on track by its first regular season
game against Washington on Thursday, lar season game last year to place sec- Half Moon Bay high schools, the Cardinals continue to maintain their optimism and
Sept. 28 at Lowell. ond in the league. plan for a victorious season. The team’s last preseason game is on Sept. 23 against
Terra Linda high school.
12 SPORTS September 22, 2000 The Lowell
Soccer blazing trails for the new season
By Kameela Din Sept. 19, and Lowell boosted its Feibusch commented on Lowell’s
S THE MINUTES in the record to 3-1-1. slow start. “Then we warm up and
game wind down, the The Cardinals started off slowly, hit our stride. That was the case
scene on the soccer field with two goals in the first half. Se- today.”
resembles a scrimmage, with Car- nior center-midfielder Mike Axtell Lowell warmed up in a big way
dinal boys’ soccer players kicking scored his first of three goals, and in the second half and scored seven
the ball to each other while senior forward Deniz Efendioglu goals. Axtell scored two more.
Wallenberg players struggle to followed to give Wallenberg a 2-0 Sophomore sweeper Erik Maki, jun-
gain posession and prevent a shut- deficit. ior forwards Jake Nicol and Matt
out. “Whenever we meet a weak Ji, sophomore sweeper Cary
However, the Bulldogs failed to system, we seem to have a prob- Jerome, and senior halfback
score, smothered, 9-0, on Tuesday, lem getting going,” coach Ernst Fernando Velazquez each scored
once. Sophomore goalie Ben
Stewart and freshman goalie Danai
Leininger platooned to save the 9-
“We have an unwritten agree-
ment that six (goals) is about the
limit,” Feibusch said. “It just hap-
pens that when you get the sec-
ond string in, they all want to score.
They want to show what they can AARON PROCTOR
do.” Junior forwards Reuben Wartens and Leng Lao head off a Puma.
Senior stopper Karl Maki said
the game provided valuable prac- to give Lowell the would-be win- Ben Stewart and freshman Danai
tice time. “Today’s game was a ning run. However, an offsides call Leininger who replace starting
good way to get ready for our next on the play discounted the goal, goalie Paolo Serna, who graduated
game with McAteer,” he said. leaving the game at a tie because last year.
“They (Wallenberg) have a tough league teams do not play overtime “We lost a really good goalie,
time getting a lot of players to- for regular season games. and our prayers were answered
gether for their school.” Despite the disappointment of with a good freshman goalie,”
Feibusch, however, disagreed on the Burton game, hopes are high senior Raymond Hsu said. “ We are
the game’s value. “Games like this for the season. all working together really well.”
don’t do us a lot of good because “We expect to do very well this Feibusch said that although he
the first string doesn’t get enough year,” Karl Maki said. “Other tries to look at the worst scenario,
playing time,” he said. schools lost a lot of their key play- he has high expectations for the
The Cardinals got practice ers. We have a pretty good chance team. “I said at the beginning of
against tougher competition on of going all the way.” the season that we would come in
Tuesday, Sept. 12, when they tied Junior sweeper Jacob Garcia, fourth or fifth,” he said.
Burton, 2-2. who suffered an ankle injury dur- “From what I’ve seen so far, I
Axtell started off strong for ing practice but is expected back would be disappointed if we don’t
Lowell, with a first-half goal. Jun- in about two weeks, is optimistic make the playoffs. The guys are
ior forward Reuben Wartens gave about the year. “We should be pretty optimistic, but we need to
the Cardinals a larger lead with a pretty good this year,” he said, add- get more fit, and that’s pretty diffi-
goal, but Burton answered, scoring ing that Lincoln, McAteer and Mis- cult given that we still have to work
one to close out the first half, 2-1. sion will be Lowell’s big competi- on our technique,” Feibusch said.
Another Puma goal in the sec- tion. The Cardinals will face off
ond half evened the score at 2-2. Cardinals will be prepared for against Thurgood Marshall at 3:30
Axtell gave the Cardinals brief hope the competition, thanks to their p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at
Score! Senior Fernando Velazquez sets himself for the perfect kick. as he shot one past Burton’s goalie goalkeeping tandem of sophomore Crocker Amazon.
Giants finally get the recognition they deserve
From GIANTS on Page 9 Their current stranglehold on the division side and out. Bonds, Kent, Snow — the 3-4- and still upset about the blockbuster trades
But this year, the Giants may just be re- should really come as no surprise. So why is it 5 punch, Benard and Mueller leading off and which brought them here. But as the year
writing their reputations. Let’s face it — this surprising? Aurilia, finally nailing down his starting spot went by, they proved themselves worthy of
team is no longer a group of no-name play- Perhaps it’s because this team that every- in the lineup. All of these, along with start- our adoration. They taught us that it doesn’t
ers whose only asset is heart. To make a huge one suddenly believes in is, in essence, the ing pitchers Shawn Estes, Kirk Rueter and take big names and big money to be suc-
understatement, these guys can play. same team no one believed in four years ago, Mark Gardner, have been constants for the cessful, and in return, we showed them what
After three years, the Giants have shed at the start of the 1997 season. The nucleus past four years. a little support could do for a struggling
their reputation as a team whose talent can’t of the team has not changed in the past four No longer a group of unfamiliar strang- team.
stack up against the competition and whose
victories have come solely out of their will to
seasons, making for incredible chemistry and,
for the first time in a long time, a good chance
ers, the 2000 Giants are now in contention
for baseball’s biggest prize. They got here by
Now, these guys who have been grow-
ing and maturing together since they first
win. Nowadays, they are playing with a lot to go all the way. working as a team. Individual performances came together four years ago are finally get-
more than will. With the heart of the lineup the same as it did not propel them to their huge lead in ting the national attention and success they
The Giants are ranked in the top of the was in ’97, players have had a chance to evolve the West. deserve.
league in pitching, team batting averages, together. Everyone who follows the team When we got our first glimpse of them Who are these guys? Trust me, we know
defense — basically everything that counts. knows all their strengths and weaknesses, in- early in 1997, we were dubious, doubtful them well. We grew up together.
Lowell High School September 22, 2000 SPORTS 13
Varsity volleyball coach brings challenges, hopes
From COACH on Page 9 Without a coach, the team was us, what positions (to play us at),
year off from coaching Cornerstone. unable to sign up for tournaments the things we’re good at, bad at,”
Louie is not sure how long she will before the season began, a problem Ji said. “She’s trying out new
be here. that will affect their development things, and we’re just trying to fig-
“I just happened to have a year throughout the season. ure out what’s best for the whole
off,” Loo said. “In order to play in a tourna- team.”
“We appreciate her helping us ment, we need a coach to plan However, the team is deter-
because we were really desperate for ahead of time, but the coaches left, mined to forge ahead and win the
a coach,” senior Grace Ji said. and we didn’t have a replacement, championships.
The team’s former coaches, Chris so it was impossible to plan,” jun- “As long as we work together
Lee and Ron Chu, had helped the ior Candice Chin said. “When we as a team, we will do well,” junior
team win four championships in a play against the city league, there Melanie Cheng said.
row. isn’t much competition, but when “They all have a desire to play
“The coaches we had before, we play in tournaments, there’s a and to win,” Loo said. “That’s their
Chris and Ron, have been really good lot.” biggest asset — they’re willing to
coaches,” Ji said. Team members, especially the work for it,” Loo said.
Lee and Chu, who had been seniors, are having a hard time ad- The first league game will be AARON PROCTOR
Lowell coaches for ten years, left for justing to the new coach. against the Burton Pumas at 3:30 Whack! Junior Marisol Visalli practices for the varsity volleyball
personal reasons. “Coach Loo doesn’t really know on Monday, Oct. 2, at Lowell. team’s first league game against the Burton Pumas on Oct. 2.
JV girls’ volleyball Girls’ tennis team’s winning
bumping toward preseason bodes well for league play
victorious season By Alisa Farenzena “I think it’s a little sad that this is singles player, while senior Amy
HE VARSITY GIRLS’ the fourth coach we’ve had in four Lee joins junior Julia Baron on the
By Mindy Cheung TENNIS TEAM begins the years,” senior Elaine Blank said. number one doubles team, replac-
team, but we also have a very uni-
season with a confidence “It will be difficult to replace Mr. ing Class of ’00 Izabela Lesik.
HE JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL fying goal — to do our best and
borne of its recent victories over Doherty,” Donohue said. “Both the The team has many strong
team returns this season win!” freshman Ginger Lau said.
St. Ignatius College Preparatory boys and the girls won last year.” players on its roster.
with a new coach and an un- Such a young team has an
and University High School. Abolmikov, who will coach only “We have really good singles
defeated pre-season. added challenge: familiarity on the
Lowell beat St. Ignatius 6 - 1 in the girls, feels that he is up to the chal- players this year — they’re solid
The Cardinals defeated Lick- court and with each other.
a pre-season practice match on lenge. “It’s an excellent team,” he said. players,” Blank said.
Wilmerding 15-1, 15-8; St. Ignatius “The one thing I’m afraid of is
Tuesday, having inched out Uni- To equal the success of the Fall ’99 Abolmikov said he thinks
15-7, 15-13 and Sacred Heart 18- that a lot of us haven’t been in
versity 4 – 3 on Monday. season, the team has replaced two key Lowell has a very enthusiastic
16, 15-10. The Sept. 12 pre-sea- game situations with this kind of
Coach Vladimir Abolmikov is players who graduated. team: “Everybody wants to play,
son game against Sacred Heart was rotation,” freshmen Nella Tay said.
eager to start league play. Accord- “We lost our number one singles and that’s very unusual. Last year,
a close win, but the Cardinals held “We have a lot to get used to.”
ing to athletic director John player, and we lost our number one I was coaching at Washington
onto their reputation. One more problem that the Car-
Donohue, Abolmikov is replacing doubles team,” junior Karen Chao High School, and we only had 16
Players return this season with dinals face this year is communica-
Terence Doherty, who is no longer said. Junior Jessica Shu replaces Class players altogether. Here we have
the same great results on the court, tion on the court.
employed at Lowell. of ’00 Luna Tieu as the number one (approximately) 40 of them.”
but behind the team is a new, “Most of (the players) are fresh-
young coach. men who came from different
Michael Brogonia or Mikey, as middle schools,” Brogonia said.
he prefers to be called, graduated “But I think (communication) will
from Lowell in 1999. Last semes- come in time.”
ter, he was the assistant coach for The Cardinals have won the
the girls’ badminton team, and this AAA Championships for seven con-
season he coaches the JV volley- secutive years.
ball team. “I think we can do it again,” Lee
“Since Mikey is new at coach- said. “There isn’t much competition
ing volleyball, and he is not that in our league.”
much older than us, we feel that This season promises to be a
we’re able to communicate more good year for the team, with good
with him,” returning sophomore defense and good passing, accord-
Eve Lim said. “He is so funny dur- ing to Brogonia.
ing practices — consistently crack- The AAA season begins against
ing jokes and trying to make them Burton’s Pumas at 3:30 p.m. on
fun workouts.” Oct. 2 at Burton.
However, the team still needs to
work on a few problems.
“We have a very good defense, For additional
but our disadvantage is height,”
returning sophomore Traci Lee said. sports coverage, -
“This year’s team is very short.” visit The Lowell
This year’s team consists of nine
freshman and four returning on The Web at AARON PROCTOR
sophomores. www.thelowell.org Smash! Sophomore Jessica Chu swings for the perfect return to her opponent during practice.
“We do have a very young
14 OPINION September 22, 2000 The Lowell
Greenroom murals gone;
stage crew legacy lost
HROUGHOUT a fleeting four Although the performing arts
years, students endeavor to rise faculty’s aim to foster a more struc-
out of the nameless masses and tured atmosphere within the green-
secure a niche in the school’s history. room is understandable, the murals
For stage crew members, murals did not interfere with the new use of
adorning the walls of the greenroom the space as a classroom. Art would
enriched their years and were their not “undermine the professionalism
legacy. of the room,” as Winter claimed.
For five of the past eight years, Repeated pleas from the former
stage crew members — who man- stage crew made administrators well
aged technical aspects of theater aware of the importance that these
productions — painted an artistic murals bore. Nevertheless, the fac-
scene to preserve the memory of ulty chose “structure” and “profes-
their time at Lowell. That was, of sionalism” over the time, heart and
course, until visual and performing meaning symbolic in the murals.
arts department members covered The situation parallels a 1998 case
the murals with a dreary shade of in which a court awarded artist Elias
“Peaceful Peach.” Rocha $200,000 after his “Lilli Ann”
Painting over the murals was part mural was whitewashed by the new
of the controversial greenroom reno- owners of the Mission District build-
vation, the center of a heated debate ing on which it was painted.
between the stage crew and its su- Susan Cervantes, of Precita Eyes
pervisors last spring. Mural Arts Center,
Though visual and said: “Painting over
performing arts de- The VPA staff murals is especially
Michele Winter has colored out disrespectful when
artists aren’t given no- MATT AKANA
promised that “the of the lines of tice. It’s a violation of
murals will not be your moral right to Feedback
painted” in the respect and your artwork.”
renovation, [The decency. Incensed students Letter to the Editors situation to deal with whining it means free and progressive
students and parents (the real thinking.
Lowell, March 10, complained to princi- Dancing sophomore problem) who can’t distinguish But what good is thinking
2000] the art was pal Paul Cheng, who scolded for roof dance wrong from right. without action? Take action. It’s
gone by the end of the summer. responded, “This is something that Diane, look, first, your quote Get your act together, dry totally possible for you to make
The department members has been done, and we need to move about the United States civil your tears, and find someone a difference, and it’s not that
changed their minds after the room on.” rights is of no consequence. If all who can put some sense and re- difficult. Frustrated with the
was closed to the stage crew on April Such disregard is shameful. The of our “rights” were respected in spect in your head. lack of soap and towels in the
14, according to Winter. “There school does not obliterate the school then our lockers could —Robert Gibbons, formerly bathrooms? Write a letter and
would be no one to look at the mu- achievements of other groups and not be searched, we could say 0214, now at Deerfield Academy get a signed petition to Mr.
rals now,” Winter said. “They then wave off complaints with a whatever we wanted without Mahoney. Dissatisfied with the
haven’t added to them in the last few “what’s-done-is-done” attitude. A punishment, and we could jus- sanitary conditions of the caf-
years, so the murals must not have swimming trophy from 1972, for tify basically any action with a
Rampant OPINION eterias and beaneries? We’ve got
been that significant.” example, still stands in the hall out- quote or comparison. Student demands more a new superintendent. Write to
Justifying the destruction of art side the main office. Climbing on the roof is a le- action by peers her with ideas on better clean-
that had sentimental significance by Every group in the school deserves gal issue with the school and It is up to today’s youth to ing tactics. Don’t want to be put
insinuating that the stage crew lost the same respect from the faculty and puts it in the position of respon- change tomorrow. So many in a gang database for walking
interest is unreasonable. Crew mem- an equal portrayal on the vast can- sibility and liability. You had nei- problems loom these days, it’s down the street with the friends
bers were officially expelled from and vas of Lowell’s history. The VPA staff ther of these qualities. You can difficult to walk down a hall, eat of the same ethnicity? Do some-
physically locked out of the green- has colored out of the lines of respect in no way justify your climbing a meal or answer nature’s call thing! Write something! Get it
room and thus denied access to their and decency by whitewashing the onto a roof and were not respon- without hearing a complaint. published somewhere! Stand
beloved paintings. They did not legacy of the Lowell stage crew. An sible enough to look out for your Why don’t we do something up.
abandon the murals apology is in order. own interests and protection. about it? Why is it unfathomable No one is going to do the
Your hiring of a lawyer is that students can make a differ- work for you. If you want some-
what is ridiculous. In this soci- ence? thing done, get up and do it. Yes,
Gov. saves boat dance, ety too many people attempt to
justify or fight punishment
It’s during these high school
years that teens hatch from their
we are “only” teenagers. No,
many of us cannot drive or vote
which is well deserved. Give all family shells, discovering inde- … yet. But we will soon. Until
better planning needed of us and the school a break. The
district is already swamped in
pendence from parents. That
independence doesn’t simply
then, the power of the pen is
HE JEWISH HOLIDAY Yom Kip- must be applauded. These actions lawsuits and is in no financial mean a driver’s license and car; — Toto Vu-Duc, 0218
pur is a solemn night of fasting, demonstrate the senior class
self-reflection and repentance. government’s and the administra- Reporters Alex Banh, Mindy Cheung, Jessica
LL 1856 C
The Senior Boat Dance is a night of tion’s true concern not only for Jew- Chia, Renee Chow, Steve Drypolcher, Jeremy
S CI E
Elprin, Alisa Farenzena, Lisa Gee, Alice Ho,
dancing, enjoying friends and having ish students at Lowell, but for stu-
fun. Doesn’t exactly sound like a per- dents of all ethnicities and religions. CARDINAL EDITORIAL STAFF Michelle Konstantinovsky, Tom Lam, Jennifer
Leung, Justina Louie, Sang Ma, Adam Peretz,
fect match, does it? Jewish seniors al- A valuable lesson must be learned EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Katie Savchuk, Derek Steer, Lauren D. Yee,
most had to make the decision be- from this mishap. Planning commit- Kate Lazarus • Sarah Tyler Ashley Yueh
tween observing their religion and at- tees at Lowell should look for poten- News James Lee, Kristen Lee, Matt Mewhinney Photographers Charlie Beckerman, Renee
tending a much-anticipated dance. tial conflicts by checking the dates of Sports Kameela Din, Melanie Sun, Wei-ying Wang Chow, Adam Peretz, Aaron Proctor, Eli Koral
Forcing students to choose be- major holidays, many of which are Columns Aldrich Tan Illustrators Matt Akana, Marvin Gouw, Janine
tween religion and important school available for years in advance. Politics Sarah Pearce Mogannam, Jenny Sklyarenko
events should be avoided wherever An alternative solution would be Offbeat Bronnie Konecky Computer Graphics Nick Elprin, Bram
possible. to add religious holidays to the school Opinion Charlie Beckerman, On Lee Lau, Whillock
When the senior class government calendar. The situation could have Kate Lazarus Accounting Wei-ying Wang
Advertising Hoi-Man Chiu, Justin Wong
recognized that they had scheduled been avoided had Yom Kippur ap- Backpage Sarah Tyler
the Boat Dance on Yom Kippur, they peared on the calendar that student Adviser
rescheduled the dance to the night government had used for scheduling The Lowell on the Web Katharine Swan
of Nov. 9, and eighth grade night, the dance. If this and all other major EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WEBMASTERS
Bronnie Konecky, Bram Willock
originally scheduled for this night, religious holidays were included, con- Nick Elprin Published every four weeks by the journalism classes of Lowell High
School, Room 251, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94132.
was rescheduled. flicts such as this would not occur. News Alan Herzfeld Phone: (415) 759-2730 Ext. 3251 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; http:/
Senior class president Julia Patsay, Student government and the ad- Sports Bram Whillock /www.thelowell.org
the current 2001 officers, class spon- ministration responded admirably to Features Steven Drypolcher, Salman Hatta
The Lowell and The Lowell on the Web strive to inform the public and
Reviews Bronnie Konecky
sors Katherine Melvin and Monty the conflict, and their actions showed to use their opinion sections as open forums for debate. All unsigned
editorials are the opinions of the staff.
Opinion Nick Elprin
Worth and the administration sincerity in their endeavor to resolve
Feedback Bronnie Konecky Comments on school-related issues from students, faculty, and com-
worked through numerous difficult it. But little will have been accom- munity members are welcomed. Names will be withheld upon request.
problems and a variety of scenarios plished unless the school adopts 2000 NSPA All American 1997 CSPA Silver Crown We reserve the right to edit letters before publication.
to establish a new date. These efforts practices that will prevent such a con- 2000 CSPA Gold Crown 1996 NSPA Pacemaker
Printed through the assistance of Grant Printing House, with special
1999 CSPA Gold Crown 1996 CSPA Gold Crown
are commendable, and their success flict from occurring again. 1998 CSPA Silver Crown 1995 NSPA Pacemaker thanks to Ted Fang, Class of ’80 and publisher of the SF Independent
Lowell High School September 22, 2000 OPINION 15
New superintendent brings hope to district
By Alex Banh bered for paying his secretaries more than city so intense that they felt as if they were in boot ticipation, and we should give it to her. As for
orns! Trumpets! A five can- policemen will ever earn and squandering ev- camp. Her tenure as principal was so successful Rojas, the latest word out of Dallas is that he
non salute to hail Arlene ery penny the state sent his way. He took money that she was put on the short list of candidates was booted out after a public outcry by teach-
Ackerman, the district’s new superin- designated for specific projects and used it for for superintendent in St. Louis. She is a firm ers, administrators and school board members.
tendent! his own pet programs. Then when these poorly- believer in urban education and worked hard Too bad Arlene Ackerman can’t be cloned.
You don’t share the enthusiasm? The count- received programs failed, he would demand fur- to raise the test scores of students of all races in
less abuses by the district have gotten you down? ther reimbursement from the state. And when Washington, D.C.
The many misdeeds of a man named Bill Rojas the money stopped coming in, and the district Arlene Ackerman appears as good as super-
have turned you into a cynical, bitter student in was left in a financial mess, what did good ol’ intendents come. She has worked successfully
the San Francisco Unified School District? Billy do? That’s right, he left — to Dallas. in major cities across the nation and has a
Well, fret not. Ackerman is tough, smart and Since Ackerman stepped onto the scene, wealth of experience and an intolerance for low
devoted to changing this two-bit school system things have begun to change. Ackerman, who standards. For these reasons, we should help her
into a sleek, efficient scholar-producing ma- reformed Washington D.C.’s schools, took over in turning this district around.
chine. on August 1. According to an Aug. 24 article in She wants an increase in
For the naysayers out there who don’t think the Chronicle, she saved $1.5 million, de- student and parent par-
that one person can make a big difference, re- moted the district’s chief financial
member Rojas. As the result of his tenure, an officer, reassigned 25 central
August 5 article in the Examiner reported that office workers with teaching
sewing-machine repair women and custodians credentials to actually teach
were getting inflated salaries. Now how many in schools, and gave teachers
sewing machines do we have at school? That’s a 5 to 20 percent salary in-
right — zero. As for the janitors, some received crease.
bloated salaries for answering a security alarm Not too shabby for a
or two per week after-hours and calling that four month’s work?
hours of overtime. Taking a look at
In last year’s audit of the district, the state Ackerman’s past achieve-
found plenty of money to go around, but fi- ments, these changes seem
nancial bookkeeping was a major problem. Fol- pretty routine. Her accom-
lowing the release of the audit state fiscal con- plishments as listed in a
sultant Bill Fong said, “The state has some con- 1997Washington Post pro-
cerns about the district’s internal controls.” (The file are indeed impressive.
Lowell, April 11, 2000) When she took over a
This is the legacy of the storied Bill Rojas, middle school in St. Louis,
perhaps the worst superintendent to step foot 15 teachers quit immedi- ELIZABETH WOO
in our city. As reported in a May 25 article in ately because her commit-
the San Francisco Chronicle, he will be remem- ment to high standards was The subjects of the kingdom of SFUSD welcome their new leader, with hopes for a brighter future
Vote out teen political apathy Student learns life
By Alisa Farenzena In 1996, only 31% of people aged
lessons in Cuba
uesday, Nov. 7. What to do? 18-20 years old voted, according to
However, political issues are di-
Go to school; go to tennis the Federal Elections Commission’s
rectly relevant to the underrepre-
practice; go to Stonestown to Web site (www.fec.gov). This is far
sented youth population. Educa- By Tai Tokeshi cated to the Chinese soldiers who
buy that new pair of jeans; go lower than the already pitifully
tion, perhaps the single most im-
s students, we have the fought for Cuban independence
home; do calculus homework; call meager percentage of the general
portant issue to America’s youth, opportunity to study and in 1896. He asked me through
friends. population — 54.23% — which dominates most elections. Many learn at one of the most crooked teeth, “Eres chino?” (Are
What’s missing from the list? Go cast ballots. educational issues are highly politi- prestigious schools in the nation you Chinese?). I replied, “Si, pero
vote! In all likelihood, even if you’re Lowell’s population has a poten-
cized. These include the state of for free. Lowell prepares us for soy de los estados” (Yes, but I’m
18, you’re not planning to vote. tiality of matching the national
our schools, vouchers and affirma- academic success, a very impor- from the United States). He never
Living in a democracy, we enjoy norm, unless students make thetive action. tant asset to any well-balanced in- told me where the monument was,
rights that people in many parts of decision to vote. Senior Stefan The assumption that any one dividual. But there are other skills but through his broken English
the world only dream of — free Skipakevich, who is 18, has not yet
person’s vote is meaningless is also that cannot be learned in school and my broken Spanish, he shared
speech, equality and the right to a decided if he will vote. “I haven’t
false. In fact, some elections have which are equally valuable: toler- his life story. He described how
representative government. This really been following the candi-
been extremely close. In ance, life experience and the abil- he immigrated from a starving vil-
country is based upon the idea that dates or issues,” Skipakevich said.
North Carolina last November, Pam ity to learn and adapt to new situ- lage in China to a Cuban sugar
Americans actively value these fun- Like Skipakevich, too few young
Edwards beat James Mitchell, Jr. to ations and different people. field in 1942. He related his mem-
damental rights. In recent years, people understand how imperative
a seat on the Beaufort Board of Learning takes place outside the ories of the communist revolution
however, many citizens of the voting is. Youth have an underly-
Education by only 24 votes, ac- classroom as often as it does in- in 1959. He extolled the virtues
United States, especially young ing feeling of disallusionmentcording to the Carolina Morning side, as I discovered this summer. of Cuban Socialism until he felt I
adults, have neglected their right about voting. Some feel either that
News On the Web In June, I had the rare chance had been adequately converted.
to vote. These young adults need the issues politicians discuss don’t
(www.lowcountrynow.com). to travel with the Global Exchange When I shook his hand, I felt the
to understand that making it to the affect them now, or that their oneAfter neglecting their civic re- program to Cuba, a nation seldom decades of cutting sugar cane in
polls is an essential way to impact vote is insignificant. sponsibility, some of the people visited by Americans. I was able his calluses. I asked whether he was
their government. “In the long run, they (the is-
who don’t vote complain about to see both the heartwarming and hungry, and if he ate often, intend-
Unfortunately, many young sues) affect us, but not really at the
the results. These people are hypo- tragic sides of a socialist dictator- ing to give him a few dollars “I
people aren’t getting the message. moment,” sophomore Danielle crites because they did not take ac- ship, but more importantly, I don’t need much to get by,” he said. -
tion when they had learned to ap- “Besides, I’m al-
a chance. They are preciate the ready rich.”
blaming others for importance of Guest view When I re-
their own lack of ac- being exposed turned to San
tion. to new ideas and places. This is Francisco, I was eager to apply the
In order to stop something no American high lessons I learned in Cuba to my ev-
this apathy, students school , not even Lowell, can pro- eryday life. I had a new sense of
not old enough to vide for its students. tolerance and rationality, and I
vote need to re- During my stay in Cuba, my could listen and question rather
member that they, delegation visited the University of than always just answering every-
too, have opportu- Havana, the national radio station, thing. I consider my experience
nities to get involved a sugar cane cooperative, a rural in Cuba to be as integral a part of
in politics. One way high school and a public health my education as any class or ac-
is to volunteer for clinic. I had read about many of tivity I have encountered in
campaigns. Another Cuba’s social programs and poli- school.
is to discuss political cies, and although nothing I saw I encourage every Lowell stu-
issues with people contradicted what I had learned, dent to pursue innovative experi-
who can vote, such each experience still held new les- ences outside of school to gain
as their parents, sons for me. To walk in the hall- new skills and perspectives on life.
friends or older sib- ways of La Universidad de la Too many Lowellites do not
lings. If young Habana or gnaw on freshly cut supplement their book learning
people stay in- sugar cane is truly different than with the outside knowledge and
formed, they will be reading a book or magazine article activity that it takes to become a
effective voters and about a distant land. well-rounded individual. A wor-
citizens when they One particularly humid day, a thy volunteer cause or a foreign
do turn 18. friend and I spent the afternoon exchange trip can open your eyes
Youth will only walking through the Luyano to philosophies, lifestyles and pos-
be represented neighborhood in Havana, a dense sibilities that you have never seen
when more teenag- urban jungle which smelled and or thought about.
ers exercise the tasted of sweat, soot and uncol- Be willing to encounter new
rights given to us by lected garbage. I stopped a wiry, experiences with an open mind,
the founders of our old Chinese man to ask where I and you’ll certainly value what you
country and make could find the monument dedi- learn and gain.
Students must realize the importance of participation in the political process. the effort to vote.
BACKGROUND WAVE BY MARVIN GOUW
SURFER BY JENNY SKLYARENKO
HEAD AND SURFBOARD BY SARAH TYLER
Surfer-in-training combats waves
s Surf Club president leads swimsuit and wetsuit next to the car was an es- wasn’t ready to surf yet. The waves were too
expedition into swells off sential part of becoming one with the surfing intimidating; I couldn’t get over the fact that
community. I had to do so without flashing any- they could easily drag me out to sea. So I sat
nearby Ocean Beach one — and we were visible to a lot of people on the sand for a while observing the other surf-
By Renee Chow driving on the Great Highway, entering the ers, trying to judge from others’ wipeouts
parking lot and walking along the beach. whether I would be able to handle this sport.
EOPLE SWIMMING and wading here But the hardest part wasn’t avoiding baring After 10 minutes of lounging in the sand, I
have drowned.” all — it was just putting on the wetsuit. It was realized that if I didn’t try, the whole day would
The sign at Ocean Beach made me won- really tight and already damp from previous use, be a big waste. I gathered up what little cour-
der what I had gotten myself into. What if the making it a challenge to pull up my legs and age I had and made my way back toward the
rip tide caught me and dragged me out to sea? butt. After much difficulty, I realized one of my waves. McDonald helped me paddle out and
What if a jellyfish stung my foot? What if I biggest problems was that I was trying to put told me to hop on the board on my stomach.
made a fool of myself? All of these awful pos- the wetsuit on inside out. Unfortunately, I jumped on too far up on the
sibilities flooded my mind. Once my instructor and I were adequately board, and I executed a marvelous nosedive.
I don’t like the feeling of waves pushing me covered, we carried our boards down to the My upper body crashed directly into the ocean,
into the water. I can’t stand it when a wave ocean. McDonald gave me a long board, which and I couldn’t get my face out of the water be-
knocks me down, and I can’t tell which way is was wider and longer than other boards. cause of the crashing waves pushing me down.
up. Yet somehow I had committed myself to McDonald took a short board that allowed her After that first nerve-racking attempt, I ended
trying surfing, and I had reached the point of to maneuver through the waves easily but gave up back on the sand, trying to get the salty ocean
no return. If I backed out then, not only would her less stability. taste out of my mouth and hoping I’d find the
my editor be mad at me, but I would have felt Even though I was equipped with the most courage to try again.
like a chicken forever. stable, and quite possibly the heaviest, of all My next attempt was much better because I
My day as a first-time surfer began on the surfboards, I was very nervous. My heart made sure I got onto the middle of the board.
way to the beach. We were getting more atten- pounded with every step we took toward the That change in position let me ride the wave
tion than usual because of the surfboards at- ocean. I trudged into the water and made my back to shore. One successful run gave me a
tached to the roof of the car. A firefighter con- way toward the waves. great feeling — I had conquered my fear of the
firmed this when he gave us the “hang loose” By the time the water for a moment. Instead of letting the waves
sign. water reached my scare me, I had used them to my advantage.
Senior Amelia McDonald, my surfing in- elbows, I It was really fun, so I tried it again. In
structor for the day and president of the Surf was frozen that fearless state of mind, I wasn’t as
Club, explained to me that all people who surf with fear careful. The result: another nosedive.
have a sort of “connection.” She admitted that and had to I decided to call it a day after that last
she has received multiple marriage proposals go back to try. Surfing was fun, but before I try it
from guys who were impressed that she was shore. I again I need to learn to feel more comfort-
surfing at the unforgiving Ocean Beach. able in the water. To surf, you should be
McDonald insisted that learning to aware of all the risks and know how to react AMELIA MCDONALD
change in and out in dangerous situations in the ocean. Surf- Can junior Renee Chow measure up to the
m y ing will tire even the strong and is definitely long board? The board’s length gives new
not for the weak or the shy. However, you surfers like Chow more stability on the water
should go for it if you are up for an exciting but less manuverability on the waves.
To read the complete
version of this story, visit
The Lowell on the Web So, you wanna try surfing?
(www.thelowell.org). It’s not as hard as you might think! One way of get-
ting to the waves is to join Lowell’s Surf Club, which
will begin meeting soon.
But, if you can’t wait, rent some boards with friends
and head out for the waves! However, Ocean Beach is
not recommended for beginning surfers, because of the
water’s constantly harsh rip tides, swells, currents and
Pacifica is a better place in the Bay Area to begin this
sport. The beach there is a sheltered cove, and the water
is not as brutal as Ocean Beach. -
To rent boards, call:
Sonlight Surfshop, Pacifica: (650) 359-0353
Aquaholics, Ocean Beach: (415) 242-9283
❿¤Sharing a laugh, senior
Amelia McDonald and junior Renee
Chow reflect on Chow’s disastrous first
attempt to put on her wetsuit.
❷¤Lugging her board toward the ocean,
Chow anxiously anticipates riding the waves. Her leash
(the line hanging across the board that attaches to her
ankle) made waliking across the dry sand with the large board
even more difficult.
SARAH TYLER SARAH TYLER